Cost of Living Comparison Between Palo Alto, CA and San Francisco, CA 

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Consumer Prices in San Francisco, CA are 13.4% higher than in Palo Alto, CA (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in San Francisco, CA are 3.6% higher than in Palo Alto, CA
Rent Prices in San Francisco, CA are 6.4% lower than in Palo Alto, CA
Restaurant Prices in San Francisco, CA are 9.7% higher than in Palo Alto, CA
Groceries Prices in San Francisco, CA are 21.1% higher than in Palo Alto, CA
Local Purchasing Power in San Francisco, CA is 30.5% lower than in Palo Alto, CA
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Restaurants
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $ 25.00 $      +25.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 $ 100.00 $      0.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.93 $ 12.00 $      +20.8 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 $ 8.00 $      0.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9.00 $ 8.00 $      -11.1 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.12 $ 5.45 $      +6.4 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.96 $ 2.73 $      -8.0 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.40 $ 2.25 $      -6.2 %
Markets
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.12 $ 5.99 $      +17.0 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.93 $ 4.40 $      -10.8 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.39 $ 2.81 $      +17.6 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.20 $ 5.14 $      -1.3 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.50 $ 9.90 $      +32.0 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.39 $ 7.32 $      +66.6 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.06 $ 8.65 $      +22.5 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.58 $ 2.90 $      +12.1 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.00 $ 1.35 $      +34.6 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.45 $ 2.28 $      +56.6 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.67 $ 3.35 $      +25.2 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.62 $ 1.79 $      +10.4 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.81 $ 1.51 $      -16.6 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.00 $ 2.94 $      +47.0 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.00 $ 2.29 $      +14.7 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 17.00 $ 17.00 $      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.81 $ 2.03 $      +12.2 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.43 $ 2.67 $      +10.0 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 11.00 $ 13.00 $      +18.2 %
Transportation
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.75 $      +10.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 90.00 $ 98.00 $      +8.9 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 $ 4.00 $      -20.0 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 3.50 $      +16.7 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $ 39.00 $      +30.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.80 $ 5.03 $      +4.8 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,000.00 $ 32,000.00 $      +6.7 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,448.64 $ 27,336.48 $      -0.4 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 182.14 $ 245.35 $      +34.7 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 48.00 $ 46.83 $      -2.4 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 67.00 $ 62.88 $      -6.1 %
Sports And Leisure
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 120.00 $ 101.50 $      -15.4 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.00 $ 26.50 $      +32.5 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 17.00 $      +13.3 %
Childcare
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,158.33 $ 2,666.67 $      +23.6 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 47,500.00 $ 31,333.33 $      -34.0 %
Clothing And Shoes
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 58.41 $ 60.95 $      +4.3 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 25.00 $ 43.75 $      +75.0 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 95.00 $ 108.42 $      +14.1 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 134.93 $ 135.56 $      +0.5 %
Rent Per Month
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,042.78 $ 3,133.80 $      +3.0 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,848.75 $ 2,595.83 $      -8.9 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,833.33 $ 5,666.46 $      -2.9 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 5,433.33 $ 4,666.67 $      -14.1 %
Buy Apartment Price
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 278.71 $ 1,066.66 $      +282.7 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 260.13 $ 949.99 $      +265.2 %
Salaries And Financing
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 10,261.33 $ 7,386.73 $      -28.0 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.52 6.53      +0.2 %
Last update: February 2024February 2024
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