Cost of Living Comparison Between Vancouver and Calgary 

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Cost of Living in Calgary is 0.5% lower than in Vancouver (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in Calgary is 13.7% lower than in Vancouver
Rent Prices in Calgary are 33.7% lower than in Vancouver
Restaurant Prices in Calgary are 4.1% lower than in Vancouver
Groceries Prices in Calgary are 8.8% lower than in Vancouver
Local Purchasing Power in Calgary is 29.7% higher than in Vancouver
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Restaurants
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 C$ 27.50 C$      +10.0 %
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$ 14.38 C$      -4.2 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 C$ 7.50 C$      -6.2 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9.00 C$ 8.00 C$      -11.1 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.41 C$ 5.24 C$      -3.2 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.91 C$ 2.91 C$      -0.1 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.63 C$ 2.43 C$      -7.5 %
Markets
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 11.33 C$ 9.61 C$      -15.2 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.78 C$ 3.06 C$      -19.0 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.73 C$ 2.22 C$      -18.7 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.61 C$ 5.41 C$      -3.5 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 8.07 C$ 8.80 C$      +9.1 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 9.63 C$ 8.14 C$      -15.5 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 11.16 C$ 9.01 C$      -19.3 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.80 C$ 2.67 C$      -4.7 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.84 C$ 0.86 C$      +3.0 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.39 C$ 2.37 C$      -0.8 %
Tomato (1 lb) 3.00 C$ 2.55 C$      -15.1 %
Potato (1 lb) 2.03 C$ 1.61 C$      -20.7 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.72 C$ 1.41 C$      -18.0 %
Lettuce (1 head) 3.57 C$ 3.70 C$      +3.5 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.70 C$ 2.53 C$      -6.0 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 C$ 19.50 C$      -2.5 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.63 C$ 3.67 C$      -20.7 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.65 C$ 4.98 C$      +7.0 %
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) 3.88 C$ 4.50 C$      +16.1 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.45 C$ 3.09 C$      -10.5 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 36.29 C$ 39.06 C$      +7.6 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.44 C$ 5.48 C$      -26.4 %
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) 28,345.04 C$ 28,992.90 C$      +2.3 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 147.45 C$ 296.51 C$      +101.1 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 64.74 C$ 64.62 C$      -0.2 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 79.06 C$ 92.24 C$      +16.7 %
Sports And Leisure
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 56.25 C$ 75.09 C$      +33.5 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.84 C$ 51.10 C$      +222.6 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 C$ 18.00 C$      0.0 %
Childcare
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,550.00 C$ 1,124.57 C$      -27.4 %
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) 84.16 C$ 80.80 C$      -4.0 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 58.00 C$ 61.11 C$      +5.4 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 136.08 C$ 121.48 C$      -10.7 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 168.58 C$ 153.76 C$      -8.8 %
Rent Per Month
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,802.78 C$ 2,010.60 C$      -28.3 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,284.62 C$ 1,632.50 C$      -28.5 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,047.42 C$ 3,097.80 C$      -38.6 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,838.17 C$ 2,520.37 C$      -34.3 %
Buy Apartment Price
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,455.23 C$ 373.15 C$      -74.4 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 931.91 C$ 375.72 C$      -59.7 %
Salaries And Financing
Vancouver Edit Calgary Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,406.20 C$ 4,931.99 C$      +11.9 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.54 6.46      -1.1 %
Last update: May 2024May 2024
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