Cost of Living in Los Angeles

Summary about cost of living in Los Angeles:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 105.38 ¥ 70.25-175.63
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 474.20 ¥ 351.26-562.02
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 56.20 ¥ 38.64-70.25
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 42.15 ¥ 29.86-49.18
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 50.93 ¥ 42.15-63.23
Cappuccino (regular) 32.03 ¥ 24.59-36.88
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 16.13 ¥ 10.54-21.08
Water (12 oz small bottle) 11.90 ¥ 7.03-21.08
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 25.49 ¥ 18.48-35.13
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 21.63 ¥ 14.05-31.87
Rice (white), (1 lb) 11.53 ¥ 6.95-20.30
Eggs (regular) (12) 22.61 ¥ 15.81-28.10
Local Cheese (1 lb) 32.65 ¥ 21.08-49.18
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 33.52 ¥ 14.05-49.11
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 39.26 ¥ 21.08-84.30
Apples (1 lb) 13.34 ¥ 7.03-21.08
Banana (1 lb) 6.09 ¥ 3.93-13.98
Oranges (1 lb) 9.80 ¥ 7.03-21.01
Tomato (1 lb) 11.07 ¥ 6.32-21.08
Potato (1 lb) 9.05 ¥ 3.51-17.56
Onion (1 lb) 6.77 ¥ 3.51-10.54
Lettuce (1 head) 10.12 ¥ 6.95-14.05
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.11 ¥ 7.03-21.08
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 84.30 ¥ 63.23-105.38
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 12.59 ¥ 7.03-19.32
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 16.16 ¥ 8.43-21.08
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 63.23 ¥ 56.20-77.28
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 12.29 ¥ 12.29-12.29
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 702.52 ¥ 547.97-702.52
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 24.31 ¥ 20.02-35.13
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 21.08 ¥ 18.97-36.88
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 205.07 ¥ 168.60-266.96
Gasoline (1 gallon) 27.09 ¥ 24.58-29.86
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 154,554.40 ¥ 146,896.93-191,085.44
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 145,787.22 ¥ 119,428.40-182,655.20
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 883.48 ¥ 568.71-1,405.04
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.83 ¥ 0.70-1.62
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 434.33 ¥ 351.19-562.02
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 288.49 ¥ 210.76-456.64
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 90.01 ¥ 0.00-140.50
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 105.38 ¥ 91.33-119.43
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 7,401.15 ¥ 5,620.16-10,537.80
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 153,946.45 ¥ 82,194.84-189,680.40
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 344.23 ¥ 266.96-421.51
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 245.47 ¥ 175.63-351.26
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 553.74 ¥ 421.51-772.77
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 764.81 ¥ 562.02-1,053.78
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 15,704.35 ¥ 11,240.32-19,352.51
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 12,243.85 ¥ 9,132.76-14,752.92
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 27,770.62 ¥ 21,075.60-42,151.20
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 20,897.15 ¥ 17,563.00-28,100.80
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 5,078.82 ¥ 3,660.10-7,025.14
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,243.55 ¥ 2,458.80-4,566.34
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 30,084.55 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.16 26.34-34.07

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Last update: November 2019
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26 Comments so far

#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.
#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!