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

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Consumer Prices in San Francisco, CA are 31.2% higher than in Palo Alto, CA (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in San Francisco, CA are 20.7% higher than in Palo Alto, CA
Rent Prices in San Francisco, CA are 10.3% higher than in Palo Alto, CA
Restaurant Prices in San Francisco, CA are 24.5% higher than in Palo Alto, CA
Groceries Prices in San Francisco, CA are 33.5% higher than in Palo Alto, CA
Local Purchasing Power in San Francisco, CA is 39.6% lower than in Palo Alto, CA
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Restaurants
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.50 $ 25.00 $      +42.9 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 90.00 $ 100.00 $      +11.1 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.50 $ 12.00 $      +26.3 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 $ 7.00 $      0.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 $ 8.00 $      +33.3 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4.47 $ 5.16 $      +15.2 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.42 $ 2.80 $      +15.9 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.46 $ 2.28 $      +56.2 %
Markets
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.59 $ 5.80 $      +61.6 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.36 $ 4.14 $      -5.2 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.90 $ 2.33 $      +22.1 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.27 $ 4.94 $      -6.3 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.00 $ 8.53 $      +42.2 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1.98 $ 7.53 $      +280.4 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.99 $ 8.57 $      +43.0 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.97 $ 2.99 $      +0.5 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.95 $ 1.54 $      +62.3 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.62 $ 2.22 $      +36.7 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.83 $ 2.92 $      +3.2 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.70 $ 1.98 $      +16.6 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.52 $ 1.61 $      +6.4 %
Lettuce (1 head) 1.59 $ 2.78 $      +74.9 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.31 $ 2.44 $      +5.8 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.50 $ 15.00 $      +20.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.21 $ 2.78 $      +129.2 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.65 $ 3.85 $      +133.5 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 9.25 $ 13.50 $      +45.9 %
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 $ 88.00 $      -2.2 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.20 $ 4.00 $      +25.0 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 3.13 $      +4.5 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 40.00 $ 33.00 $      -17.5 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.70 $ 5.96 $      +26.9 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,502.50 $ 28,654.00 $      +54.9 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 $ 25,728.43 $      +16.9 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 165.62 $ 249.48 $      +50.6 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.16 $ 0.18 $      +10.8 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 52.85 $ 67.40 $      +27.5 %
Sports And Leisure
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 50.00 $ 102.13 $      +104.3 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.00 $ 18.28 $      -8.6 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.00 $ 17.00 $      +30.8 %
Childcare
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,500.00 $ 2,450.00 $      -30.0 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 17,000.00 $ 33,071.00 $      +94.5 %
Clothing And Shoes
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 57.11 $ 64.89 $      +13.6 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 42.50 $ 45.96 $      +8.1 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 75.83 $ 87.36 $      +15.2 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 89.00 $ 120.61 $      +35.5 %
Rent Per Month
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,444.44 $ 3,282.00 $      +34.3 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,800.00 $ 2,579.66 $      +43.3 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,500.00 $ 5,777.96 $      +5.1 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,800.00 $ 4,404.50 $      -8.2 %
Buy Apartment Price
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,649.99 $ 1,074.84 $      -34.9 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,199.99 $ 958.17 $      -20.2 %
Salaries And Financing
Palo Alto, CA Edit San Francisco, CA Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 8,346.00 $ 6,087.03 $      -27.1 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.43 5.02      -7.6 %
Last update: February 2023January 2023
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