Cost of Living in Los Angeles

Summary of cost of living in Los Angeles, CA, United States:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 $ 16.00-40.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 $ 70.00-170.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 $ 11.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 $ 6.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10.00 $ 8.00-13.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.36 $ 4.00-8.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.77 $ 2.00-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.17 $ 1.50-3.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.57 $ 3.00-6.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.61 $ 2.49-8.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.64 $ 1.00-4.50
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.86 $ 2.50-7.89
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.05 $ 3.18-12.99
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 7.31 $ 3.00-10.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.40 $ 3.99-13.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.59 $ 1.00-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 1.05 $ 0.59-2.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.62 $ 0.57-3.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.37 $ 0.91-4.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.41 $ 0.50-2.75
Onion (1 lb) 1.15 $ 0.65-1.99
Lettuce (1 head) 2.02 $ 1.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.27 $ 1.25-3.99
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 8.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.60 $ 1.73-4.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.85 $ 1.50-7.77
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 12.00 $ 9.99-14.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.75 $ 1.75-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 83.48 $ 72.00-125.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.10 $ 3.10-7.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.70 $ 2.70-6.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 29.19 $ 29.19-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.34 $ 4.57-6.02
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,000.00 $ 22,000.00-36,753.89
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,239.98 $ 25,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 194.27 $ 115.57-350.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 68.29 $ 30.00-120.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 74.31 $ 50.00-110.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 49.87 $ 25.00-169.99
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9.40 $ 0.00-15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 $ 15.00-22.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,950.00 $ 1,600.00-2,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 28,750.00 $ 20,000.00-40,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 63.70 $ 30.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 45.29 $ 24.98-85.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 108.27 $ 80.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 148.41 $ 80.00-250.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,547.69 $ 2,000.00-4,078.32
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,225.67 $ 1,800.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,998.50 $ 3,900.00-8,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,884.11 $ 3,000.00-7,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 969.89 $ 646.99-1,849.98
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 840.32 $ 603.86-1,449.99
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,936.24 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.91 6.19-8.90

Prices in Los Angeles, California

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Last update: June 2024
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22 Comments so far
Jennifer Tiley on Jun 11, 2024:
Prices here are not very realistic, in reality it is a lot more expensive.

You can't live decently in California with less than $180,000 a year.

This video explains the situation well : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsRl6MFyHBc
Vishad on Apr 01, 2024:
No data is provided of normal medical treatment like medical treatment of fever.
Nate on Jan 26, 2024:
How is it $95,500—$143,300 USD range for a job in LA? is it reasonable?
Mikan on Jan 20, 2024:
Can a single graduate student lives off $2200 per month (estimated student housing rent is about $1000-$1200)?
LUCAS 2.0 on Jul 06, 2023:
@lucas no that is definitely not enough, try 140k
Lucas on May 21, 2023:
I applied for a job with a $80k salary. If accepted, would this be a reasonable amount to live on? I am a single male from Nebraska, and have no clue how expensive it really is there. Thanks!
Anonymous on Aug 25, 2022:
Send the Ukrainian refugees back to Ukraine let them fry we don't want them.
Anonymous on Jul 26, 2022:
Gavin Newsom is really the worst after his Auntie Polosi & President wannabe Biden. People needs to learn how to vote. Stop listening to politician and write down what's important for you! Morals would be a good start. we are in a recession now! don't listen to the politicians. look for your yourself & your family needs. One thing we don't need is hyper inflation and more tax!

It's time to vote correctly in 2024 maybe sooner since, I don't think that biden is going to be able to hold office any longer.
Yagmur on Jul 07, 2022:
I'm curious about veterinary prices. Does anyone know the care costs and drug prices?
Anonymous on Jun 14, 2022:
Hi Bianca, that is not good money in Los Angeles. You’ll be living like a slave and most likely in a poor minority neighborhood.
Bianca on Apr 29, 2022:
I recently got a job offered for $19 an hour. 40-60 hours a week idk If k should take it.
Anonymous on Mar 22, 2022:
As an Aussie who's been living here recently, I'm glad people in L.A. don't know how BAD it really is here.
I wouldn't want them moving somewhere better :)
Bronwyn on Sep 22, 2021:
Hi

Please can someone tell me what the cost of schooling is? Which curriculum does the US work off?
harry on Aug 16, 2021:
A typical week goes like so, work half the week 9 to 5 schedule in any L. A. Casino, Days off, a matinee movie before noon $5 or $6 then Beach after the movie. (Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach Find/Eat lunches at quality locations, usually will cost $12 per person. Save money by mostly dining in at home for Supper with an occasionally eating out with spouse/friends 4/5 times a month. Many different cultures & cuisines in L.A. from all over the world! Yes, there is homelessness & gang activity but these areas are mostly in tourist/downtown areas. An abundance of activities to engagement from karaoke to dance clubs, to live Theatre, Sports events such as Lakers/Clippers/Dodgers/Kings & Rams games. Countless golf courses & several Casinos. Also many Churches & Temples for Religion. Let's no leave out the famous Home to the Stars, Hollywood! I love Los Angeles, it truly is a great place to live
analogy on Aug 15, 2021:
huh it doesnt include insurance..
and wow the average salary net of tax is 4752?
Anonymous on Jul 15, 2021:
Does a hotel room for 1 person cost more than a one-bed apartment nearby inner city...?
Anonymous on Jul 11, 2021:
People these numbers are way off.I'm 66 and I live here.they are way high.1 bdrm1200-1400. 3 bdrm 2000-2200.all of the food prices are too high.beer who pays 7.00 for a beer? No one.cinema price is close and that's all.take about 30% off these prices and your closer.
Anonymous on Jul 11, 2021:
These prices are ridiculous! I've lived in orange county since 1954.your prices are way too high.I've got a 1 bdrm in the city $1250,eggs are $1.39 dozen.McDonald's mcmeal $5.00 all your prices. Are from outer space.get real or don't print.
Cici on May 14, 2021:
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Anonymous on Dec 19, 2020:
Hey Adex there's plenty of room under interstate overpasses besides we don't want corrupt Nigerians from a very violent country living in LA or anywhere else in Cali.The U S government won't let you in anyway.
Stay in Nigeria beat your metal and play with the black maumbas.
Anonymous on Sep 22, 2020:
hmmm
We pay almost $200 just on water and trash for a 1 bedroom in Los angeles apartment. another $100 or more per month on electricity...