Cost of Living in Los Angeles

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

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 16.00 $ 10.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 87.18 $ 60.00-165.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 $ 8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 $ 5.00-9.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 7.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.84 $ 4.00-7.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.54 $ 1.99-3.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.19 $ 1.50-3.50
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.25 $ 3.00-6.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.41 $ 1.99-6.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.67 $ 1.00-5.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.62 $ 2.00-6.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.70 $ 3.00-15.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.65 $ 2.00-8.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.52 $ 3.99-12.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.87 $ 0.80-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.86 $ 0.50-1.99
Oranges (1 lb) 1.64 $ 0.59-3.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.76 $ 0.59-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.22 $ 0.45-2.75
Onion (1 lb) 0.96 $ 0.33-1.99
Lettuce (1 head) 1.79 $ 0.70-2.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.01 $ 0.99-3.29
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $ 8.50-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.97 $ 1.41-4.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.22 $ 1.75-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 11.00 $ 8.00-12.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.75 $ 1.75-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 97.00 $ 55.00-100.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 $ 3.00-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.70 $ 2.70-3.99
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 29.19 $ 29.19-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.06 $ 5.00-6.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 $ 24,000.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,091.67 $ 21,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 133.13 $ 82.00-220.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.11 $ 0.05-0.14
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 66.97 $ 50.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 44.25 $ 29.00-83.35
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.12 $ 5.00-18.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 13.00-20.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,266.91 $ 1,000.00-1,800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 25,429.57 $ 12,000.00-35,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 62.54 $ 32.00-89.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 41.42 $ 20.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 93.72 $ 69.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 135.76 $ 59.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,442.52 $ 1,800.00-4,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,745.69 $ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,392.27 $ 3,000.00-6,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,519.00 $ 2,900.00-4,700.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 860.14 $ 600.00-1,199.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 546.36 $ 450.00-699.99
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,744.98 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.93 3.00-5.43

Prices in Los Angeles, California

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Last update: July 2022
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21 Comments so far
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 :)
Anonymous on Dec 31, 2021:
HEY BRONWYN !!!

Since you're a foreigner wanting to live in US forget about how much schooling costs. The US has basically banned foreigners from entering US. Stay in your country enjoy your life no entries into the US no matter which country you're from and covid19 doesn't have anything to do with it. The US is becoming a sourverign place rapidly and this is the first step stopping the flow of foreigners entering US.
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...
Anonymous on May 22, 2020:
MEDIAN SALARY IN LOS ANGELES CA IS;

$29870 per year
About 2500 dollars per month.

The homeless population is the least evidence.
ADEX on May 17, 2020:
I am auto body repairer, which means panel beater, i won't to relocate to Los Angeles California from Nigeria, to start a new life there can it be difecult for me to cope over there, i want to know the cost of the living of a 1bedroom and parlor with kitchen, and the cost of the transport and feedings.
Rituparna Barman on Aug 25, 2019:
I am planning to shift in LA with my husband after 3-4 years , So want to know , what are the jobs opportunities are there in Corporate sector and want to know what is the rent monthly and yearly of a house for 2 bedrooms , 1 dining room and kitchen. Want to know as well what is the cost of foods over there specially the street foods. I am from India , West Bengal , Calculate.
Anonymous on Jul 18, 2019:
A very interesting and well written column on http://me.richtrek.com/2018/04/why-people-are-fleeing-los-angeles-and.html -- why people are leaving California hope that it adds to discussion.
Vijay on May 12, 2019:
My daughter is planning to go for MS studies In computer science at USC LA we live in India Delhi please share cost of living including rents Dow twin sharing along with food expenses
WhatyouLookingat? on Nov 07, 2018:
Only place I know of, where you can Surf at 6am & be Snowboarding by 1pm. Have to share it with all the weirdos but none the less, Paradise...
TheBougieOne on Nov 07, 2018:
Lived in L.A. all my Life, 39 yrs. Grew up near Long Beach California. Playing poker professionally for 10 yrs, making 75K a year & it's possible to live a comfy quality of life here! 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 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 occasionnally 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, Sport events such as Lakers/Clippers/Dodgers/Kings & Rams games. Countless golf courses & several Casinos. Also many Churchs & 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. Simply have to know where & when to be at the right times! Hope this comment helped someone with any questions regarding L.A.