Cost of Living Comparison Between San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA 

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Consumer Prices in Seattle, WA are 6.7% lower than in San Francisco, CA (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Seattle, WA are 14.8% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Rent Prices in Seattle, WA are 24.1% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Restaurant Prices in Seattle, WA are 5.1% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Groceries Prices in Seattle, WA are 11.0% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Local Purchasing Power in Seattle, WA is 19.4% higher than in San Francisco, CA
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Restaurants
San Francisco, CA Edit Seattle, WA Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 $ 22.00 $      -12.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 $ 100.00 $      0.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 $ 11.25 $      -6.2 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 $ 7.00 $      0.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 8.00 $      0.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.20 $ 5.55 $      +6.7 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.85 $ 2.47 $      -13.2 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.28 $ 1.97 $      -13.3 %
Markets
San Francisco, CA Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.79 $ 4.33 $      -25.3 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.07 $ 3.82 $      -6.1 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.49 $ 2.33 $      -6.1 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.94 $ 3.64 $      -26.4 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 8.53 $ 7.43 $      -12.9 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 7.53 $ 6.66 $      -11.5 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.57 $ 8.43 $      -1.6 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.99 $ 2.64 $      -11.6 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.54 $ 1.19 $      -22.6 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.37 $ 2.36 $      -0.4 %
Tomato (1 lb) 3.04 $ 2.94 $      -3.3 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.98 $ 1.45 $      -26.7 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.61 $ 1.47 $      -9.0 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.78 $ 2.42 $      -13.1 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.44 $ 1.99 $      -18.2 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 15.00 $      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.78 $ 3.27 $      +17.5 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.85 $ 3.27 $      -15.2 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.50 $ 11.00 $      -18.5 %
Transportation
San Francisco, CA Edit Seattle, WA Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.75 $      0.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 88.00 $ 100.00 $      +13.6 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 $ 5.00 $      +25.0 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.13 $ 2.85 $      -9.1 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.00 $ 30.00 $      -9.1 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.96 $ 5.08 $      -14.9 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,654.00 $ 26,000.00 $      -9.3 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,728.43 $ 24,994.69 $      -2.9 %
Utilities (Monthly)
San Francisco, CA Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 249.48 $ 250.71 $      +0.5 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.18 $ 0.28 $      +61.0 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 67.40 $ 75.24 $      +11.6 %
Sports And Leisure
San Francisco, CA Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 101.09 $ 63.05 $      -37.6 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.28 $ 32.62 $      +78.4 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 17.00 $ 15.00 $      -11.8 %
Childcare
San Francisco, CA Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,450.00 $ 1,648.88 $      -32.7 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 33,071.00 $ 28,000.00 $      -15.3 %
Clothing And Shoes
San Francisco, CA Edit Seattle, WA Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 63.72 $ 64.69 $      +1.5 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 45.96 $ 52.92 $      +15.1 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 86.69 $ 100.56 $      +16.0 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 120.61 $ 127.65 $      +5.8 %
Rent Per Month
San Francisco, CA Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,282.00 $ 2,434.82 $      -25.8 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,579.66 $ 1,912.88 $      -25.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,728.81 $ 4,501.41 $      -21.4 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,472.68 $ 3,337.90 $      -25.4 %
Buy Apartment Price
San Francisco, CA Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,074.84 $ 718.35 $      -33.2 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 958.17 $ 488.28 $      -49.0 %
Salaries And Financing
San Francisco, CA Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,087.03 $ 6,197.73 $      +1.8 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.02 5.45      +8.7 %
Last update: January 2023January 2023
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