Cost of Living Comparison Between San Francisco, CA and San Diego, CA 

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Consumer Prices in San Diego, CA are 7.5% lower than in San Francisco, CA (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in San Diego, CA are 6.0% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Rent Prices in San Diego, CA are 4.2% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Restaurant Prices in San Diego, CA are 7.2% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Groceries Prices in San Diego, CA are 21.2% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Local Purchasing Power in San Diego, CA is 23.7% lower than in San Francisco, CA
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Restaurants
San Francisco, CA Edit San Diego, CA Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 $ 22.00 $      -12.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 $ 90.00 $      -10.0 %
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 $ 9.00 $      +12.5 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.45 $ 5.60 $      +2.7 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.73 $ 2.89 $      +6.2 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.25 $ 2.48 $      +10.1 %
Markets
San Francisco, CA Edit San Diego, CA Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.08 $ 4.49 $      -26.1 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.40 $ 3.64 $      -17.2 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.81 $ 2.02 $      -28.1 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.14 $ 3.95 $      -23.1 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 9.90 $ 5.97 $      -39.6 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 7.16 $ 6.32 $      -11.7 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.65 $ 8.82 $      +2.0 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.90 $ 2.23 $      -22.9 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.35 $ 0.83 $      -38.3 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.23 $ 1.46 $      -34.8 %
Tomato (1 lb) 3.35 $ 2.04 $      -39.2 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.79 $ 1.54 $      -14.1 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.51 $ 1.00 $      -34.1 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.94 $ 1.99 $      -32.5 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.29 $ 2.33 $      +1.8 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 17.00 $ 15.00 $      -11.8 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.03 $ 1.99 $      -2.3 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.67 $ 3.00 $      +12.1 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.00 $ 10.39 $      -20.1 %
Transportation
San Francisco, CA Edit San Diego, CA Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.50 $      -9.1 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 98.00 $ 72.00 $      -26.5 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 $ 7.50 $      +87.5 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 3.00 $      -14.3 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 39.00 $ 57.50 $      +47.4 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.03 $ 5.14 $      +2.1 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 32,000.00 $ 30,000.00 $      -6.2 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,336.48 $ 26,521.31 $      -3.0 %
Utilities (Monthly)
San Francisco, CA Edit San Diego, CA Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 245.35 $ 366.76 $      +49.5 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 46.83 $ 71.64 $      +53.0 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 62.88 $ 76.71 $      +22.0 %
Sports And Leisure
San Francisco, CA Edit San Diego, CA Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 101.50 $ 89.62 $      -11.7 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26.50 $ 26.67 $      +0.6 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 17.00 $ 18.00 $      +5.9 %
Childcare
San Francisco, CA Edit San Diego, CA Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,666.67 $ 1,713.33 $      -35.8 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 31,333.33 $ 18,333.33 $      -41.5 %
Clothing And Shoes
San Francisco, CA Edit San Diego, CA Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 60.95 $ 62.70 $      +2.9 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 43.75 $ 68.09 $      +55.6 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 108.42 $ 95.23 $      -12.2 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 135.56 $ 136.50 $      +0.7 %
Rent Per Month
San Francisco, CA Edit San Diego, CA Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,125.87 $ 2,965.28 $      -5.1 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,595.83 $ 2,426.33 $      -6.5 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,499.76 $ 5,363.16 $      -2.5 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,666.67 $ 4,467.50 $      -4.3 %
Buy Apartment Price
San Francisco, CA Edit San Diego, CA Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,066.66 $ 1,063.59 $      -0.3 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 949.99 $ 753.40 $      -20.7 %
Salaries And Financing
San Francisco, CA Edit San Diego, CA Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 7,386.73 $ 5,293.86 $      -28.3 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.53 6.61      +1.3 %
Last update: February 2024March 2024
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