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

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Consumer Prices in Washington, DC are 7.3% lower than in San Francisco, CA (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Washington, DC are 9.8% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Rent Prices in Washington, DC are 12.9% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Restaurant Prices in Washington, DC are 0.9% higher than in San Francisco, CA
Groceries Prices in Washington, DC are 13.8% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Local Purchasing Power in Washington, DC is 2.2% higher 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 100.00 $ 100.00 $      0.0 %
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 $ 10.00 $      +25.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.45 $ 5.48 $      +0.6 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.73 $ 2.46 $      -9.9 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.25 $ 2.23 $      -1.2 %
Markets
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.08 $ 4.19 $      -31.2 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.40 $ 3.73 $      -15.1 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.81 $ 2.24 $      -20.3 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.14 $ 4.32 $      -15.8 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 9.90 $ 6.45 $      -34.9 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 7.16 $ 5.68 $      -20.7 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.65 $ 7.97 $      -7.8 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.90 $ 2.38 $      -17.9 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.35 $ 1.04 $      -22.7 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.23 $ 2.32 $      +3.9 %
Tomato (1 lb) 3.35 $ 2.77 $      -17.3 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.79 $ 1.65 $      -7.7 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.51 $ 1.60 $      +5.7 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.94 $ 2.80 $      -4.9 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.29 $ 2.55 $      +11.4 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 17.00 $ 16.00 $      -5.9 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.03 $ 2.30 $      +13.1 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.67 $ 4.63 $      +73.2 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.00 $ 11.71 $      -9.9 %
Transportation
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.50 $      -9.1 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 98.00 $ 80.00 $      -18.4 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 $ 3.50 $      -12.5 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 3.51 $      +0.4 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 39.00 $ 30.00 $      -23.1 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.03 $ 3.66 $      -27.3 %
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 $ 26,275.78 $      -3.9 %
Utilities (Monthly)
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 245.35 $ 171.50 $      -30.1 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 46.83 $ 59.12 $      +26.2 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 62.88 $ 63.14 $      +0.4 %
Sports And Leisure
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 101.50 $ 104.29 $      +2.7 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26.50 $ 31.22 $      +17.8 %
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 2,666.67 $ 2,326.57 $      -12.8 %
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) 60.95 $ 71.34 $      +17.1 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 43.75 $ 50.96 $      +16.5 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 108.42 $ 113.89 $      +5.0 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 135.56 $ 169.14 $      +24.8 %
Rent Per Month
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,125.87 $ 2,573.91 $      -17.7 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,595.83 $ 2,073.47 $      -20.1 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,499.76 $ 5,436.11 $      -1.2 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,666.67 $ 3,754.41 $      -19.5 %
Buy Apartment Price
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,066.66 $ 841.88 $      -21.1 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 949.99 $ 582.34 $      -38.7 %
Salaries And Financing
San Francisco, CA Edit Washington, DC Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 7,353.76 $ 6,782.41 $      -7.8 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.53 6.58      +0.8 %
Last update: March 2024March 2024
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