Cost of Living Comparison Between San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC 

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Consumer Prices in Washington, DC are 8.7% lower than in San Francisco, CA (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Washington, DC are 12.5% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Rent Prices in Washington, DC are 17.1% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Restaurant Prices in Washington, DC are 6.2% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Groceries Prices in Washington, DC are 16.4% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Local Purchasing Power in Washington, DC is 2.7% lower than in San Francisco, CA
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Restaurants
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 $ 25.00 $      0.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 $ 100.00 $      -16.7 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 $ 12.00 $      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 $ 8.00 $      0.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 9.50 $      +18.8 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.67 $ 5.51 $      -3.0 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.90 $ 2.53 $      -12.9 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.37 $ 2.30 $      -2.9 %
Markets
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.15 $ 4.32 $      -29.8 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.43 $ 3.69 $      -16.7 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.12 $ 2.26 $      -27.5 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.51 $ 4.32 $      -21.6 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 9.93 $ 7.23 $      -27.2 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 7.89 $ 6.05 $      -23.3 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.40 $ 9.01 $      -4.2 %
Apples (1 lb) 3.09 $ 2.39 $      -22.9 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.48 $ 0.96 $      -35.1 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.64 $ 2.32 $      -12.2 %
Tomato (1 lb) 3.45 $ 2.77 $      -19.7 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.97 $ 1.65 $      -16.2 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.64 $ 1.60 $      -2.7 %
Lettuce (1 head) 3.02 $ 2.80 $      -7.5 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.44 $ 2.55 $      +4.7 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 18.00 $ 16.00 $      -11.1 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.37 $ 2.30 $      -3.1 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.10 $ 4.63 $      +49.2 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.25 $ 12.11 $      -8.6 %
Transportation
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.62 $      -4.5 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 96.50 $ 80.50 $      -16.6 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 $ 3.50 $      -12.5 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 4.00 $      +33.3 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 39.00 $ 45.00 $      +15.4 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.10 $ 3.67 $      -28.0 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 32,000.00 $ 35,699.74 $      +11.6 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,336.48 $ 27,241.31 $      -0.3 %
Utilities (Monthly)
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 254.53 $ 192.84 $      -24.2 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 50.68 $ 64.84 $      +27.9 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 67.91 $ 68.05 $      +0.2 %
Sports And Leisure
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 113.36 $ 108.75 $      -4.1 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26.50 $ 41.22 $      +55.5 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 17.00 $ 15.00 $      -11.8 %
Childcare
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,844.44 $ 2,326.57 $      -18.2 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 31,333.33 $ 51,000.00 $      +62.8 %
Clothing And Shoes
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 63.27 $ 76.26 $      +20.5 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 50.82 $ 55.85 $      +9.9 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 109.32 $ 115.34 $      +5.5 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 138.84 $ 171.24 $      +23.3 %
Rent Per Month
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,215.69 $ 2,573.86 $      -20.0 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,726.92 $ 2,099.94 $      -23.0 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,915.00 $ 5,510.53 $      -6.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 5,047.73 $ 3,823.61 $      -24.3 %
Buy Apartment Price
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,199.54 $ 949.24 $      -20.9 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,086.49 $ 741.39 $      -31.8 %
Salaries And Financing
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 7,767.71 $ 6,610.89 $      -14.9 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.66 6.60      -0.9 %
Last update: April 2024April 2024
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