Cost of Living Comparison Between Vancouver and Calgary 

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Cost of Living in Calgary is 0.6% higher than in Vancouver (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in Calgary is 12.7% lower than in Vancouver
Rent Prices in Calgary are 32.6% lower than in Vancouver
Restaurant Prices in Calgary are 6.3% lower than in Vancouver
Groceries Prices in Calgary are 6.4% lower than in Vancouver
Local Purchasing Power in Calgary is 27.2% higher than in Vancouver
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Restaurants
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 C$ 26.00 C$      +4.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 C$ 100.00 C$      -16.7 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 C$ 14.00 C$      -6.7 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 C$ 7.50 C$      -6.2 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9.00 C$ 8.25 C$      -8.3 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.41 C$ 5.25 C$      -3.0 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.94 C$ 2.89 C$      -1.8 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.61 C$ 2.42 C$      -7.2 %
Markets
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10.64 C$ 9.86 C$      -7.4 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.75 C$ 3.12 C$      -16.8 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.66 C$ 2.22 C$      -16.5 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.56 C$ 5.42 C$      -2.5 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 8.17 C$ 9.33 C$      +14.1 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 9.67 C$ 8.40 C$      -13.1 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 11.10 C$ 9.43 C$      -15.0 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.77 C$ 2.71 C$      -2.3 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.84 C$ 0.87 C$      +2.6 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.40 C$ 2.35 C$      -1.9 %
Tomato (1 lb) 3.00 C$ 2.57 C$      -14.4 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.95 C$ 1.59 C$      -18.6 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.71 C$ 1.46 C$      -14.6 %
Lettuce (1 head) 3.54 C$ 3.67 C$      +3.5 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.65 C$ 2.61 C$      -1.6 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 C$ 19.99 C$      -0.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.33 C$ 3.73 C$      -13.9 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.64 C$ 5.14 C$      +10.6 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 20.07 C$ 20.00 C$      -0.4 %
Transportation
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.15 C$ 3.70 C$      +17.5 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 140.00 C$ 115.00 C$      -17.9 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 C$ 4.50 C$      +12.5 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.45 C$ 3.22 C$      -6.8 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 36.29 C$ 39.06 C$      +7.6 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.32 C$ 5.56 C$      -24.0 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 33,978.00 C$ 33,978.00 C$      0.0 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,031.10 C$ 28,992.90 C$      +3.4 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 145.21 C$ 297.18 C$      +104.7 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 62.33 C$ 64.26 C$      +3.1 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 79.24 C$ 92.27 C$      +16.4 %
Sports And Leisure
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 55.12 C$ 74.20 C$      +34.6 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.84 C$ 51.10 C$      +222.6 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 17.50 C$ 18.00 C$      +2.9 %
Childcare
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,596.88 C$ 1,187.68 C$      -25.6 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,100.00 C$ 23,742.86 C$      +18.1 %
Clothing And Shoes
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 84.84 C$ 78.56 C$      -7.4 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 56.91 C$ 62.35 C$      +9.6 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 134.88 C$ 117.32 C$      -13.0 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 168.58 C$ 148.95 C$      -11.6 %
Rent Per Month
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,790.14 C$ 2,048.52 C$      -26.6 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,346.32 C$ 1,661.03 C$      -29.2 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,091.40 C$ 3,194.42 C$      -37.3 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,878.59 C$ 2,601.64 C$      -32.9 %
Buy Apartment Price
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,431.55 C$ 402.11 C$      -71.9 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 930.14 C$ 383.90 C$      -58.7 %
Salaries And Financing
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,511.44 C$ 5,007.59 C$      +11.0 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.57 6.46      -1.7 %
Last update: June 2024June 2024
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