Cost of Living in Berkeley

Summary about cost of living in Berkeley, CA, United States:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 14.00 $ 10.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 $ 45.00-115.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 $ 7.50-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 $ 4.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 $ 6.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.04 $ 2.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.23 $ 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.69 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.12 $ 3.50-7.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.66 $ 1.99-5.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.63 $ 1.50-5.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.13 $ 2.39-6.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 9.83 $ 8.00-16.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.80 $ 2.00-7.79
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.50 $ 6.00-9.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.43 $ 1.49-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 1.02 $ 0.79-2.00
Oranges (1 lb) 2.16 $ 1.00-4.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.50 $ 1.80-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.45 $ 1.00-3.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.43 $ 1.00-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.25 $ 1.50-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.86 $ 1.50-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $ 10.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.85 $ 0.66-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.19 $ 1.50-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.00 $ 7.50-8.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.35 $ 2.00-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 92.30 $ 75.00-160.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 3.00-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.60 $ 2.60-3.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) ?
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.57 $ 2.91-4.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,500.00 $ 20,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,579.80 $ 22,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 146.67 $ 80.00-220.85
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.17 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 64.23 $ 60.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 65.00 $ 50.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.67 $ 0.00-15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.50 $ 12.50-16.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,623.81 $ 1,200.00-2,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 26,250.00 $ 25,000.00-30,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 48.57 $ 30.00-75.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 44.50 $ 20.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 90.00 $ 60.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 125.00 $ 90.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,565.62 $ 2,200.00-3,284.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,239.33 $ 1,500.00-2,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,593.75 $ 3,650.00-5,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,693.75 $ 2,850.00-5,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 867.97 $ 500.00-1,425.80
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 632.36 $ 379.45-849.99
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,655.00 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.36 3.00-5.00

Prices in Berkeley, California

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Last update: November 2020
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3 Comments so far
Ana on Nov 16, 2019:
I fully agree with the first comment. I’ve been lining in Berkeley for 7 years. The town was better when we moved in but has been decaying since then.
The only two things I like are organic groceries with all food one can imagine and pleasant sunny weather year round. December and January can be rainy though.
Berkeley is old, pricey, hippie spirited, allows too much freedom, bad schools, low quality housing.
Anonymous on Oct 26, 2019:
Berkeley is such a crazy place. It has lots of homeless people, people drunk or high on drugs wandering around, trash on the ground, and lots of graffiti. Aside from a few well-off areas, the city is overall pretty rundown with a lot of criminal activity and the cops don't seem to care. Not a week went by that I wasn't offered drugs by a random dealer or harassed by a group of homeless people that were mad at me for not having any spare change. Watch out for muggers too.

Overall, Berkeley is way overpriced and seriously not worth it.
Helena Worthen on Jul 10, 2019:
Thanks for maintaining this site. I will use it for teaching students in labor studies classes.