Cost of Living in Los Angeles

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

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $ 11.94-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 77.50 $ 50.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 $ 8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 $ 5.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 6.00-11.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.68 $ 3.00-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.18 $ 1.50-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.11 $ 1.50-4.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.55 $ 2.99-5.80
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.12 $ 1.99-5.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.05 $ 0.99-4.54
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.39 $ 1.99-5.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.58 $ 3.00-8.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.12 $ 2.00-7.15
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.57 $ 4.00-8.99
Apples (1 lb) 1.79 $ 0.80-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.73 $ 0.50-1.50
Oranges (1 lb) 1.45 $ 0.50-3.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.89 $ 0.69-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.14 $ 0.33-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.01 $ 0.50-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.69 $ 0.99-2.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.87 $ 0.90-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 7.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.47 $ 1.43-4.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.32 $ 1.50-3.75
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 $ 9.00-12.50
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.75 $ 1.75-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 $ 75.00-135.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.85 $ 2.85-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.70 $ 2.70-4.75
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 29.19 $ 29.19-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.62 $ 3.00-4.21
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 $ 23,000.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,403.62 $ 19,600.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 168.43 $ 80.00-350.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 $ 0.05-0.15
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 68.49 $ 50.00-95.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 41.48 $ 20.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9.62 $ 0.00-18.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 13.00-20.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,036.83 $ 600.00-1,800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 24,804.57 $ 12,000.00-32,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 49.12 $ 30.00-75.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.73 $ 25.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 79.19 $ 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 113.10 $ 60.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,243.94 $ 1,800.00-2,886.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,686.28 $ 1,400.00-2,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,356.23 $ 3,000.00-5,920.64
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,843.29 $ 2,400.00-3,800.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 790.79 $ 604.99-999.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 518.62 $ 400.00-668.90
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,842.55 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.51 2.75-4.19

Prices in Los Angeles, California

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Last update: June 2021
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20 Comments so far
Cici on May 14, 2021:
This helped me, but I think you should add a personal expanse generator.
Car wreckers Porirua on Mar 03, 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:
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:

$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 -- 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.
Anonymous on Apr 19, 2018:
Didn’t even include most clothes prices or overall prices
Oklahoma transplant on Apr 11, 2018:
I lived in CA 1970-1994. Joined the military and every time i came home it became more unrecognizable. I brought my husband to Ca. He was from GA. And while in Riverside he commented "I thought you said you grew up in the mountains?" There was so much smog that day you could not tell we were at the base of San Bernardino mts.
Anyway after leaving the military I had to figure out were to go. I wanted to attend college too. I ended up in OK. It was a dream at first. Low cost of living. I bought instead of renting because homes were 50,000.
Here is the thing. It's been 18 yrs. And I SOOOO miss California. There are no consumer protection laws here. The government is a joke. And we have just as many dumb, criminals, druggies, vandals, etc. Houses are cheap, because they don't appreciate. 18 yrs later and my homes market value is less then when I bought it. OUCH! AND I have done lots of updates. Which are a nightmare out here because people take your money and run or do a crap job and cost you there's no such thing as a contractorstudent license. All you need is an add in the phone book. Roofers come here, collect ins. Checks after a tornado then leave the state. Everything is left on homeowner for giving roofer the check. There is no DMV you go to a "tag office" which can be in the back of a donut shop, salvage yard, or gas station. And what you are charged, just as unpredicable. Bad roads, bad liquor laws, bad schools,vandals, hailstorms, no parks or bike lanes. Make for an unhappy place. In the end I believe the savings weren't worth my sanity. For the most part, many people here have no goals other than getting their ssi check. Or getting friendly enough with you to take yours
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.