Cost of Living in Los Angeles

Summary about cost of living in Los Angeles:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 $ 40.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 7.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 4.25-7.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7.00 $ 6.00-9.20
Cappuccino (regular) 4.08 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.97 $ 1.50-3.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.64 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.93 $ 2.70-4.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.75 $ 2.00-3.99
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.21 $ 1.40-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.13 $ 2.20-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.88 $ 3.00-8.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.45 $ 2.65-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.20 $ 3.99-8.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.79 $ 1.00-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 1.15 $ 0.67-2.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.57 $ 0.99-2.99
Tomato (1 lb) 1.93 $ 0.99-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.37 $ 0.87-2.50
Onion (1 lb) 1.17 $ 0.70-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.39 $ 0.99-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.88 $ 1.00-2.99
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 13.00 $ 9.00-16.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.45 $ 1.00-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.02 $ 1.60-4.99
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 8.00 $ 5.00-9.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.75 $ 1.65-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 $ 65.00-100.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.85-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.70 $ 2.00-3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 29.19 $ 25.00-40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.18 $ 2.90-3.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,000.00 $ 19,895.00-29,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,176.47 $ 18,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 135.78 $ 85.00-240.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.18 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 58.08 $ 40.00-85.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 44.12 $ 29.99-78.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.69 $ 0.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 12.00-16.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 954.55 $ 500.00-1,599.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,600.00 $ 15,000.00-27,500.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 48.16 $ 30.00-65.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 40.71 $ 20.00-75.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 76.73 $ 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 93.78 $ 65.00-140.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,060.26 $ 1,500.00-2,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,587.13 $ 1,100.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,564.71 $ 2,800.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,770.49 $ 2,200.00-3,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 631.07 $ 450.00-749.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 395.17 $ 300.00-500.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,437.26 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.05 3.75-4.50

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61 Comments so far

#mike on Feb 04, 2018 :
it is feb 2018, i have been living in the san fernando valley location of los angel for 30 yrs i am now 51. i work for fed ex as courier for 25 years and made 73k as a single person and i am basically starving over here. everything is expensive i pay 1850 for a one bedroom dump apt in a nice area of the valley. i no i choose to live in this area but i lived a few miles away from this area, and car broken into, stuff being stolen from my storage bin, gun shots . i figure for 300 400 bucks more i would rather have a little extra security. i love this place but if you don't make at least a 100k as a single person stay out of this state. you will love the sun but expect to be punching the clock for work well into your wheelchair years or even in your coffin your job will probably be trying to wake you go to work. great place love it and will never leave but i no retirement is never in my future with this salary in this place.
#Anna on Dec 03, 2017 :
Hi. I got job offer as a live in nanny for 2 boys in california. The salary about usd 3000 per month and usd 100 per week. Is it good paid? Thank you
#mat on Nov 20, 2017 :
so then what is the price for Medicare or medical stuff think about that.
#Anonymous on Aug 31, 2017 :
I've lived in Southern California my entire life, I am now 48. To put living costs into perspective, last year (2016) my salary was $90k/year (I have since been laid off as my company was acquired in a merger, which is common here), I rented a single story house built in 1960 with absolutely no upgrades in Ventura County (45-60 minutes outside of L.A. WITHOUT traffic, easily an hour and a half to two hour drive on the average work day), the rent was $2,350 and water bill about $175-$200 every other month, electricity $80-$120/ month, trash $55, cable $80, gas $20 to $85 in the winter. The area that I chose to live in is one of the safer counties in Southern California. Of course living outside of LA means that I have to have a vehicle, so factor in a car payment along with car insurance and gas pricing over $3 per gallon as there is little public transportation where I live other than a metro train, which you can take to get to downtown LA. Though I had a decent salary, I lived very frugally in terms of what I spent on food and entertainment and clothing, and I was able to make ends meet each month, leaving little to put away into savings. California is extremely expensive and don't get me started about the traffic. But, this is my home so I suck it up and know that most of my income will always go toward living expenses and rarely towards enjoying yearly vacations, my last "vacation" (i.e. an entire week in another state) was in 2000, so other than a quick weekend getaway locally, that's all I could afford on my salary. By the way, after renting that house for 3 years, my landlord asked for the house back for his own personal reasons, he then turned around and rented it out for $2,850, which just goes to show how fast and furious the rental costs are increasing. I can't speak for costs in downtown LA, but would assume they might even be more as where I live is considered the suburbs.
#LA Roug One on Aug 09, 2017 :
I lived in LA pretty much my whole entire life until few years ago when I received better job offer from foreign company and now I live in Tokyo Japan. Now you might think moving from LA to Tokyo doesn't make much sense in terms of cost of living is concerned, but when you live in the suburbs of Tokyo like I do, the cost of living is much more manageable. At least it's less than where I'm originally from which is Huntington Beach. I was back in LA just two weeks ago for business and I was so shocked at how everything was priced so high and the rent that my friends were paying is simply outrageous! You seriously have to be earning six figure income just to live normal.. it's pretty sad. Let me just say that living in Japan obviously has it's plus and minuses, but I'm convinced that there are more pluses here for me to stay and one biggest plus is low crime rate. I mean I'm just so stoked not having to constantly stay alert each time I step out of my own house. I don't have to worry about getting shot by gangs or the cops and I can leave my door unlocked without fearing becoming a victim of home invasion! I mostly chose to live here for the sake of my family because I simply refuse to subject my children to all that madness that persist in LA right now.
#CASKET BLACK on Jul 27, 2017 :
This place SUCKS! and so do all the people that live here. I've lived in southern california 46 years and I've finally pulled my self up from homelessness and poverty and doing everything I can to get out of this POS state. This place is anything but the land of the free! 90% of everyone I have ever met has been to jail, is in jail or has a current case, is a drug addict of some kind and is a person going no where in life. The number of people that I trust after living here 46 years I can count on one fucking hand! and they are not my parents or any family member what so ever. Everything is expensive and just getting worse. If you like speaking spanish, drug addicts, crime, over paying for EVERYTHING, drama, all kinds of gangs, tons of police looking of any reason to get your ass in the system, low quality of life unless you're wealthy, tons of competition just to get a shitty job and homeless people everywhere then this is the place for you. Not me any more I've had more than ENOUGH of this BS mismanaged state and cant wait to leave. Fuck Jerry Brown !
#Anonymous on Jul 27, 2017 :
GOOD LUCK!!! Our Governor Jerry Brown said it all when he said, "if you can't afford to live here you need to leave". The place is expensive, crowded and not all that glitz portrayed on television shows. For the average person expect to pay most of your hard earned dollars on keeping a roof over your head sharing an apartment with potential room mates and most of your time working to do that. For those dreamers of becoming the next star get in line. Having a car is also expensive and difficult to find parking in certain areas but not necessary with public transporttion, metro, lyft and uber at your disposal. The weather is nice but the smog is not. Homelessness can be seen virtually in every city and is most visable in the downtown area. The crime rate is climbing and the gang bangers are targeting people everywhere. It's gotten crazy here and nothing like it use to be back in the day.
#Anonymous on Apr 28, 2017 :
Well i guess i'm one of the lucky ones that got a tech job. I get 160k a year and living quite well in LA!
#Trump on Apr 15, 2017 :
I cant imagine living surrounded by crazy liberals snowflakes , hell no.
#justin moore on Mar 28, 2017 :
la is very expensive place to live. I loved it though when I was there. I lived in transitional housing for veterans and had 3 meals a day there. I could not even imagine 1000-1400 per month for an efficiency. Housing is expensive everywhere you go. In Houston, a 560 square foot one bedroom is 700 per month. Most jobs here are wanting to pay 24k-32k per month. So if you plan on having any extra money in Houston, forget about it. I've never worked in los angeles so i'm not sure what the pay is like. I wanted to get a real estate license in los angeles and the class was talking about making 41k per year (cross your fingers), that is absolutely nothing in a state that is as expensive as California. You will never be able to afford to buy a place on 41k and you will have to live in an efficiency for 1000 per month. But I still have the dream of living in los angeles and making a good living. They make beaucoup of money on miller dollar listing, why couldn't I just sell one 3 million dollar house per year?
#Luis on Mar 16, 2017 :
The cost of rental and housing is GROSSLY under priced...and there is no "outside the center" and "in the center", there is the westside, the east, hollywood, beverly hills, the valley and then in-between this is very misleading. If you are a single person with a modicum of desire to live nicely, good luck finding anything under 3K per month...for a studio...if you are a family of four, try something more along the lines of 4-6K MINIMUM per month...this tow is extremely expensive!
#Brian on Jul 14, 2016 :
I live in Los Angeles area called the San Fernando Valley. One of the hottest (temperature-wise) areas of L.A. Two weeks ago it was 112 degrees but usually it stays in the upper 80s and 90's this time of year with maybe a couple weeks in the 100's.
This is just a normal neighborhood of tract houses built after WW II (1940s and 50s). The house behind us just sold for $1,200,000 and it is just a simple tract house with NO yard to speak of and tiny little bedrooms (the flippers made it "open concept" which made the bedrooms like closets).
I just saw a new apartment building with no amenities (no pool, fitness room etc.)situated under the flight path of Burbank Airport, on a busy and noisy street advertising "Starting at $3000/Month". Apartments near here are going for $2600/month for 2 bedrooms and NO amenities.
It really is ridiculous to rent here, and to find an affordable house you need to find one for $450,000 in a gang infested area or one that is falling down in a so-so area.
However, if you are a professional or if you can start a small business, or if you can get into one of the unions, there is a lot of money to be made around here. -BA
#Make Cakifornia Great Again on Jul 11, 2016 :
Los Angeles, California is still a lot cheaper to live in than say a city like Sydney or Melbourne.

Housing in these two cities is like $1.2 Million to $3Million for a 3 bedroom bungalow in a good area within a 20-30 km radius of the city.

Modern apartments/condo's are $700K to $1.2 Million in good areas...

Housing rent/buy costs are the real crux of the cost of living problem in most major cities..

You can economize more easily with food by cooking at home and taking a lunchbox/cutlunch to work with you.. and learning to acquire the taste for instant coffee will save you a packet.

You must save some money.. this is vitally important if you want to keep your head above water..

I know a creative entrepreneur who re-located from LA to Portland Oregon and has found a much less expensive and more enjoyable way of life to what they were having in LA.

LA LA Land is still such an attraction to so many ... mainly because of the movie and TV business and all the mystery and mystique that goes along with it... fame, fortune, lifestyle and all that nonsense...
#John on Jun 11, 2016 :
Last comment was deleted, so L'll ask again.
Am I right that for a family with 3-4 babies you need 200k pre-tax to have acceptable living conditions?
As I checked already, in this case you'll end up with 11-12 net per month, so, if noone compensate you medical isurance for your family, you'll pay at least somewhat like 1500 for acceptable one (3-4 kids, I'll remind you), 3+k you'll spend for renting a flat big enough to live there with 6 person family, adding here water,electricity,mobile,etc will give your 4 at least. Than, you need either a full-day kindergarten for those who are small (or a babysitter) and a school for thos who are a bit older (if you live in good district, that's more costly), so you can say that it will be pretty conservative to leave 3k per month for all those needs.
That's 8.5k not including food, clothes and even transportation.
We leave 1.5k for food (as the prices here are pretty high), that's just like 250 per month per person, additional 500 for all types of transportation (will be hard to buy a car or two in this case) and... here is 10.5k out of 11.5 we have.
So, is it really like that for big family and the only way to survive is to rent very small flat/try to avoid buying insurance/give up with good education?
I do really need this info.
#LA Native on Jun 03, 2016 :
TO ANYONE THINKING OF MOVING TO LOS ANGELES: DON'T DO IT!! It is horrible here now. I'm dead serious. The cost of living is OUT OF CONTROL. In ANY desirable and safe middle-class neighborhood, you are looking at $1Million+ for a nothing-special 3 bedroom home. If you are LUCKY, you might find one for $700K...but doubtful. $500K for a condo/apt in a decent/safe area. If you are are looking at $1000+ a month for a studio apt, $1400-$2000 for a 1 bedroom apt and $2000-2500 for a 2 bedroom apt in decent/desirable/safe area. Want to rent a single family home? $3500+ a month. THE ECONOMY HERE IS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. The State of Cali is over $443 BILLION in debt as of 2015. There are corporate professionals that are fighting over getting a temp/contract job for significantly less pay than what salaries were just 4 years ago because the job market is so bad to find a decent paying permanent job. You have to make at least $75K/year to be able to afford to live here now if you dont have any kids and you dont want roommates. most people of any age group in middle class need 2 or 3 roommates just to survive. you really need to be earning 6 figures a year to live here and have a life. CALIFORNIA TAXES THE HELL OUT OF YOU......IT IS INSANE!! I CANNOT EXPRESS THIS ENOUGH!! And let's not forget the looming California economic crash. DO YOU RESEARCH! I am a Southern California native and have always loved my Cali. Perfect weather and beautiful beaches. But none of that matters if you cant pay your rent. MANY MANY MANY natives are leaving Los Angeles due to everything I have just stated. Including me. The middle class cant do it is impossible to get ahead here and prep for your future in a truly realistic way unless you are well off financially. And if you have children....forget it.......the LA public school system is ABSOLUTELY HORRID. Private schools? Minimum $3,000/month tuition. I am seriously not saying any of this as a Cali Native because "I dont want people to move here". I am saying this because it is the absolute truth. Unless you are rich, the Cali dream is no longer existent. It is truly heartbreaking for us natives.
#ding dong on May 19, 2016 :
I've heard that driving is a nightmare in LA, it takes forever to get east to west or north to south on the 415
#Anonymous on May 06, 2016 :
Born and raised in LA. Left a few years and I just recently moved back. Now I have to leave again because the rent here makes no sense. Everyone wants to live here and it's pushing all of us out!! Don't come here! There is no room! You'll spend your entire life on the freeway, and the rest of it working at a job you hate so you can spend it all on rent!
#nomad boy on Apr 08, 2016 :
My big fear or worry is that I'll end up living in a car or van.. I've watched some videos on YouTube about how people do it and in many ways it isn't so bad I guess ... But I do like to have access to a clean kitchen and bathroom.. don't fancy having to use public b/rooms.. but I suppose you have to be adaptable and flexible if you're going to live a mobile nomadic lifestyle...

It would be disastrous to lose your drivers license and then what... maybe it's best not to drive too far from the area you feel most safe and secure in I suppose... just to avoid the chance of a driving offense...

Does anyone hear think about living in a vehicle instead of an apartment/house..
#Calabasas Guy on Nov 04, 2015 :
Assuming 30% tax arriving at the $3,155/m salary, it puts an estimated $4507/m salary, average yearly salary of $54,084. NOT A CHANCE. The figure could be for average household income MAYBE, but not for a single person. Accounting for EVERYONE, including undocumented aliens (there are millions, don't think it's a trivial amount) The average yearly salary is likely closer to $35,360 per person, and that's being generous assuming an average $17/hr rate for everyone. Average "Disposable after tax income" is more like $2,062 a month. Factor in the $1,200/m rent, it leaves ~$800 to cover all other expenses. To think the average person here has $3,155 in disposable monthly income is hilarious. Seriously. I can't stop laughing. Factoring in the 600,000 or so millionaires who live here does not allow surveys to distribute their wealth across the other 9.5 million people here. I wish income polls would stop accounting for the wealthy in their figures.

Otherwise good job on the other stats. Fun site!
#L. Don on Oct 30, 2015 :
Los Angeles, California ... the city of dreams...

Can you imagine what it must have been like in the mid 60's and 70's in this town..

LA was sunny and full of great vibe..

Sunset BLVD - the Sunset Strip was The Place ...
#Parisa on Oct 17, 2015 :
I hate LA. Specially south la No job no opportunity. I got depression and I wanna quit here for ever.
#Brett on Oct 14, 2015 :
I used to live in simi and thousand oaks as a kid ..I want to move back to cali and miss what I once knew.I am in the paint and body business and would like to know where my best locations would be .Just about anywhere in southern California would be fine...cost of living info would also be appreciated..thank you
#Blah on Sep 24, 2015 :
Stay where you are and quit trying to crowd us, already too crowded as it is. You will not be a model, a star, an actor, a singer, what ever. Give it up.
#hessam on Sep 11, 2015 :
Hi,i want to come into LA(2016) to study chimtery .please can anyone living in LA , a good and cheaper house to rent(one bed room) in a safe area? If you answer me you will be my
#BigTex on Aug 06, 2015 :
Dear all,
I would like to get your opinion in moving to LA from Texas. I have bene offered a government job starting at $53K. My wife and I have two babies, and we are planning to home school them, so school districts will be less of a factor. Can anyone recommend a good place to live, safe and affordable? I will be working downtown LA. Thank you so much! BigTex
#munya on Jul 01, 2015 :
eish are u telling me that this is actually real in LA. I mean seriously? I can't believe it. I would request someone to share with me more please
#Tony Rocket on Mar 20, 2015 :
Thank you Jaymoon23 for your info on the LA metro, plus your other info..

much appreciated..
#Tomas R on Mar 19, 2015 :
According wikipedia average salary should be 2300 dollars per month. Why there are so high salary averages on numbeo. And this is not only the case of Los angeles. Maybe because only some sort people comes here?
#Tony Rocket on Mar 05, 2015 :
Thanks @Jaymoon23 for such an interesting and informative post.

I think living in Los Angeles would be amazing.. even if it was just for one year...
#Jaymoon23 on Feb 23, 2015 :
@tony Rocket the transportation system in Los angeles has expanded rapidly in the last 10 years the subway system is a lot safer than it use to be when I was growing up ..Los angeles in general is a lot safer than it use to be the majority of "thugs" or "gangsters" are getting priced out of the communities police presence has increased all around if you guys are considering moving to Los angeles don't belive the hype about south central ,compton or watts don't get me wrong there's still some shitty areas basically anything around the projects but for the most part the "Hood" isn't so "hood" anymore With that being said developments are blooming all around the mega plazas being built in USC,inglewood and Carson are going to take the south side of Los angeles to another level more jobs more money better living standards and best of all less ghetto people for those of you getting offended when I say ghetto people just know that I've lived in south central and watts my whole life and I've seen some of the most ignorant people on the face of the earth do horrible things in the communities they claim they represent it's time for a change and I'm glad it's happeneng now I'm glad so many of you have aspirations of living out here just some tips
-Rent is pricy out here so if your planning on moving find roommates ahead of time

-it may take a little time to find a good job in your field of study so have some money saved up if your looking to land a quick job for the meanwhile look for something in the public safety field (security guard) get your guard card ahead of time before moving out here and start applying if security isn't for you another fast job to land is as a server at a restaurant

-be creative another beautiful thing about Los angeles is that there's so many things you can do to creat income if you have a fuel efficient car consider driving for (UBER) my mom use to be a taxi driver for 15 years and when UBER came out she gave it a shot and now she's averaging $20 dollars an hour
#Ajay on Feb 12, 2015 :
I just want to work in California, it's my dream. For that any one could help me plz......!!
#Barbara on Feb 03, 2015 :
So everyone what would the cost of living be if you're living in the city and not at the minimum expenses? - to have lets say for example a 'nice' 1 bed apartment (so that you don't need a gun in your closet), etc and a good paying job? How much would a nice lifestyle cost you? - so not a fancy lifestyle, but to live comfortably?
#Marcel Zachary on Dec 14, 2014 :
Hello everyone out there on the west coast.I've been trying to get my foot in the entertainment industry for awhile.It's just the place I live is just so
lame and it's not just that it's alot of things i don't agree with about.Mostly the place I'm talking about Lawrence KS it has a good school and college but very few resources to make a career as a musician.I want to know does anybody have any suggestions where to go in California to get noticed.And now ast month Brownback just got reelected and it's going to get worse still I want to get out before that happens.I was wondering does anyone know where does Dr.Dre live or any celeb producer I can send my music to.Also I have a Aunt who lives in Pasadena I can send y'all my email it's she has a show on Youtube.
#Tony Rocket on Dec 09, 2014 :
Please can someone write about what the public transport system is like in Los Angeles and whether you can live your life car free in LA.
#Pat W on Nov 26, 2014 :
By the way, I had dealings with Integrity Property Management, in Burbank, they own a bunch of apartments all over LA, and they were actually pretty good to deal with.
#Pat W on Nov 26, 2014 :
The traffic is beyond imagining. If you've ever tried to go thru the Lincoln or Holland Tunnel in NYC on a Friday evening, that is what you face all day long from 7am-11pm, Monday thru Sunday. Seriously. Stop and go and this is on freeways and smaller main roads. Every major road is a freeway here, a 5 or 7 lane freeway in each direction and the drivers are crazy and aggressive. *Almost* every nice person is from the East Coast originally, where folks were brought up less materialistically. LA is sprawling. It is more like a county really, with a ton of smaller towns within it, which all are given LA zipcodes and come under the LA umbrella. Google map any 8-mile trip in LA, say Silver Lake to Laurel Canyon, and it will take you at least 45-minutes to an hour after 7am.

The reason LA and SoCal is better than Florida, which also has sun and warmth on the East Coast, is that it is dry, has no humidity, has very few bugs, no mosquitoes, and it is *liberal* and progressive and open, if not encouraging of, new ideas and ways of thinking, whereas Florida is conservative, backward, generally asinine, almost a police state, is regressive in a thousand different ways and lacks culture.

But, you do need 100k a year, as a single person, to get by here. So, do you want to be a big fish in a small pond or do you want to be a small fish (or even bait) in a big pond?
#Dollar Bill Spencer on Oct 22, 2014 :
Los Angeles California

It's the lifestyle

It's Hollywood

It's the Movie / TV / Music business


It's the outdoor lifestyle

Cost of renting an apartment is affordable .. $1500 - $3000 per month for a 2 bed apt in a good area..

What's the downside?

Everyone says car congestion .. driving is a nightmare and takes forever... (unless you're driving after midnight...)
#millefort lando on Oct 20, 2014 :
Hi,i want to come into los angeles(2015) to study movie.please can anyone living in LA directs me about a good school, a good and cheaper house to rent(one bed room) in a safe area? If you answer me you will be my Thanks
#May on Oct 12, 2014 :
I have been living in Los Angeles over 25 years, I live near northeast side which is very close to downtown. My neighborhood is older but safe. There are no rundown housing except very close to affordable housing development. Rent of one bedroom apartment or older small house is about $800 to $1100 on average. The only bad drawback that is too many years and lack of parking space in the street during daytime.
#jane on Oct 07, 2014 :
Hi there ,
yes, California it a good place to live for rich and more aggressive people.
the 1 bed room with kitchen and bath room an so on .... ( I means standard living) in LA or OC. its about $ 800/m - $2850/m, It depend on where do you want to live?., But if you choose the $800/m. I suggest you should have the armor when you are in and out of your house and you must have a gun in your closet...
Have a good day....
Think twice before you want to move to CA....... People are making less than $35.000 /year are plan to move out of this place
Have a good day my friend
#Vanessa on Sep 26, 2014 :
Let's be roommates! That'll cut the cost

I'm serious by the way. Respond to this comment if interested.
#Mica on Sep 05, 2014 :
Hi!How much is the average cost of an apartment in California for 1 person with a kitchen and a toilet?
#kristjana on Aug 17, 2014 : friend and I are thinking of moving in LA for our studies...can u give me a hand with the life cost.renting a house for two and the job opportunities...Ive read that the call centers offer good salaries...Help us guys...THank you
#Bob on Aug 06, 2014 :
The cost of living is outrageous depending on your zip code (i.e. 1 bedroom apartment in Beverly Hills=$1,900 for a rundown place; Santa Monica for one bedroom is about $1,800-2,200/month). Jobs are very hard to come by since most foreigners have been flocking to the state as well as people from out of state, there is A LOT of competition for jobs. Los Angeles pays the most in taxes by far from any county as well.
#Odyssey on Aug 01, 2014 :
Los Angeles California is for the entrepreneurial spirited individual - you have a dream, an ambition ..

huge opportunities for software developers, mobile devices app development, Internet business concepts,
hit music songwriting and music publishing, recorded music producers, writers and publishing e-books.

Actors - Singers - Back-Room Talent..
If you have ambitions and drive to be a commercial actor, singer or back-room talent then Los Angeles
is the city for you..

Los Angeles California offers an amazing lifestyle where it's just different to the rest of the US.

LA is a state of mind...
#Anonymous on Jul 28, 2014 :
To live in LA you need to become a drug dealer or else you won't make it with the cost of living ...Its just to fckn crazy..
#Anonymous on Jul 27, 2014 :
To live in LA you need to become a drug dealer or else you won't make it with the cost of living ...Its just to fckn crazy..
#Liz on Jul 12, 2014 :
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) $3,764.74.???? I live in LA for 13 years already, and it's even hard to find a job for $15/hr, I'm not talking about $20-$30/hr if you are not a lawyer or RN, or Computer Scientist. I have a Bachelor's in Business Administration/Management, studied in California State University, so good luck, folks! Prices for houses are huge, salaries are low in general, I'm not sure if it's worth living here. (You can find a job for $2000-$2500 a month after tax, don't expect to be paid more).... Unless you are a doctor or director of a movie, or something.
#Addy on Jul 04, 2014 :
Can someone guide me is there any opportunities in Tourism Operation as I had 8 years of Thailand based company tourism operation experience and moved here in Houston by March 2014. Now I have got all my paper works ready like Green Card/ License etc. etc. but as everyone know there is no tourism in TX so I am desperately looking for the opportunity in LA. Can someone guide me is this the good decision to move there...
#Tom Cat on May 11, 2014 :
California is still the place of dreams and the great escape...

Los Angeles is the city of money, glamour, fame, success and the people behind the glamour, the writers, producers, directors,
stunt actors, make up, technical operators, engineers, artists, accountants, wardrobe, costume, catering ..

There's a lot of people and industry behind all the glamour and star making ..
#Anonymous on May 05, 2014 :
I wanna travel to California would you give the living cost please. I agreed already to go and work with a salary of $3500 USD excluding costs of housing , Medical Insurance and flight tickets.
#Gaurav on Apr 29, 2014 :
Hi all,

I will be doing my Masters at USC, LA. Please guide me with the living cost. (per month). I will be living with 2-3 room mates. So, hoping the cost would be affordable. Please throw some info.
Thanks :-)
#Popeye on Apr 24, 2014 :
Hi to Shawn who wrote: "I have already want to work in the entertainment industry but what part of la are they in and what area good to live in to be near the entertainment industry?"

Shawn, Los Angeles is crowded with people who wanna be working actors, musicians, writers, producers, managers, directors, EDM deejays and the list goes on..

I really think it's a lot harder than many people think ..

What might be better is to try to further your ambitions by remote control and commute into LA every so often for meetings and work opportunities but remain based in your current hometown if you have established a home already.

If I were going to contemplate a move to anywhere in the US, the place I would choose is Portland OR because the climate is conducive
for writers, artists and musicians.

Also the cost of living is much less in Portland OR compared to LA and it's a lot more scenic.

But if LA it is, then West Hollywood is a popular destination.

You can choose to make do without a car and live near the LA transit system - you can actually get by in LA without a car
if you plan your itinerary in advance and take the time to acquaint yourself in the wherewithal.

here is the wiki web link about the Metro Rail in Los Angeles
#shawn on Apr 19, 2014 :
hi, I have already want to work in the entertainment industry but what part of la are they in and what area good to live in to be near the entertainment industry?
#Anonymous on Apr 17, 2014 :
Wondering about health care jobs for Licensed Practical Nurses in any of the hospitals or clinics? Have been thinking about moving to a warmer climate but not humid to get about from the harsh winters in Canada. Any info would be appreciated, thanks!!
#Darren on Apr 14, 2014 :
Hi I lived in La about 10 years ago and have been living in England for those past 10years and am desperate to get back to the La area! Miss it so much but fear I won't be able to afford it there now??? I used to be an electrician for the IBEW and it looks like I may be able to get my job back with them" fingers crossed" if that is the case I should take home after taxs about 4grand a month will I be able to afford to rent a 3 bed house in a fairly decent area and still have a bit of doh left over? Many thanks for any responses
#Anonymous on Apr 07, 2014 :
Im considering moving to LA, even if some of your prices are high its still nothing compared to New York City! $13 for a pack of ciggarettes!and there is plenty more im not gonna get into it lol
#Stephen K on Mar 28, 2014 :
I've been living in County of Los Angeles over 25 years now. Time DOES fly! I do regret that I didn't purchase a house in the early 2000s. If you have kids and like the suburban area, then look into "Park La Brea" community. Obviously the cost of rent went up sky high. I'm paying pretty high rent every month. But considering places where you can walk and "convenience" is in your mind, that's the place I like the most. I used to live in Orange County for a while where the rent cost was pretty cheap. Still cheaper compared to city of LA. In terms of occupation, you really have to dig into what's available out there. Honestly I don't think there are plenty of jobs in LA due to the all the layoffs and decreasing business asset. If you are trying to move into LA, do your good study on living cost and expenses.
#Anonymous on Mar 08, 2014 :
I have been living in LA for 15 years now. It was ok at late 90s, early 2000s, but now is outrageous. Forget buying a property, prices now are higher than before the real-estate bubble in 2005-2007. Rents too are higher and won't go down. Cost of maintaining a car, car insurance is high and gas prices are the highest in the country. The high paying jobs are gone ( Oracle moved out, Google moved to Irvine, tons of entertainment studios closed doors, Disney laid off 700 people just week ago with big portion from Burbank division, Dreamworks cut staff in half .. etc, etc ). The best chance to find job fast is in retail ( sales associate ), banking ( tellers ) or financial entry (accountant) which are not even mid class jobs but just to pass by day by day. If you don't make over $100K per year in LA then you are going to be broke all the time. I have seen alot of bums in areas now where were considered high end before. I won't even start on the traffic, it is the worst, worst, worst now. You need 40min/1hour minimum to ago anywhere in LA and parking spots are scarce. The beach is over-rated, quality of the beach water is the worst in CA. There is nothing iconic anymore in Venice or Manhattan beach, it is only commercialized. Raising family in LA is the worst decision one can make. Your kids will not advance in sports and expect to PAY big money for your kids to just play any sport recreationaly, and there are no safe bike zones for kids. There is some variety of parks but as I said driving sux, so the lost time in traffic doesn't make up for the spent time.
American dream in LA is dead and will never come back.
#Dany on Feb 18, 2014 :
I'm planning to move to Claremont, CA; salary after tax is going to be $4,400, somebody could tell if is sufficient to live there, I'm married and we have a daughter of 9 years old. Thank you!
#Manie on Feb 11, 2014 :
Also agree that prices are higher than stated. For the students asking, you need min.800 for expenses (with a cheap room). 1000$ with a car.
These are min. prices.