Cost of Living in Orlando

Summary about cost of living in Orlando:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 $ 35.00-65.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.33 $ 6.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.50 $ 3.00-4.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.25 $ 4.00-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.94 $ 2.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.90 $ 1.33-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.61 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.60 $ 3.00-4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.49 $ 2.00-3.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.60 $ 1.00-2.50
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.47 $ 1.80-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.45 $ 4.00-5.50
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.65 $ 2.00-5.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.42 $ 4.00-8.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.93 $ 1.00-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.77 $ 0.55-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.91 $ 1.28-3.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.82 $ 0.99-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.23 $ 0.75-1.99
Onion (1 lb) 1.16 $ 0.75-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.88 $ 1.00-3.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.46 $ 1.00-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 $ 8.99-12.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.08 $ 1.49-2.75
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.87 $ 2.00-3.75
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.99 $ 6.00-8.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $ 2.00-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.00 $ 45.00-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.40-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.40-3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $ 23.00-32.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.65 $ 2.32-2.92
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,000.00 $ 19,895.00-23,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,019.95 $ 18,550.00-24,100.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 128.72 $ 85.00-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 $ 0.05-0.33
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 62.83 $ 45.00-94.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 36.23 $ 22.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 22.80 $ 14.00-35.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $ 10.00-14.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 710.00 $ 400.00-1,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 10,511.11 $ 5,000.00-23,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 38.21 $ 30.00-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 37.60 $ 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 75.14 $ 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 93.38 $ 60.00-125.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,330.89 $ 1,000.00-1,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,041.75 $ 850.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,001.97 $ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,640.47 $ 1,300.00-1,900.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 186.25 $ 150.00-225.37
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 128.79 $ 97.10-150.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,758.96 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.30 3.75-5.00

Prices in Orlando, Florida

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Last update: March 2019
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21 Comments so far

#Gilson Viana on Jul 07, 2018 :

For new comers that don't have a huge amount of money at their disposal, consider living with roommates. You can find rooms to rent near Downtown for about $600-$750/monthly. While renting an single bedroom apartment will cost you $1,200+, plus the application fees (non-refundable) and 3 to 4 deposits.

You can't rely on public transportation in the City, so you will need a car, insurance (obligatory - around $120/monthly), if you don't a license plate be ready to spend $470 plus fees. Uber and Lyft are a good way to get around and avoid such expenses.

When it comes to grocery/market, avoid Publix, Winn-Dixie like a plague. Buy your vegetables and fruits at Walmart and personal items at Dollar General stores. DG Stores offer $5 OFF for purchases over $25 on Saturdays.

Ah, compensation. On a $8-$10/hour range you'll find "seasonal" jobs, like retail/convenience stores. The average people make $11-$14/hour. Some of the occupations are: mechanic, line cook, carpenter, landscaper, driver... For high skilled work, Orlando has a great technology community and lots of startups and they're always head-hunting computer-savvy people.

Expect to work at least 40 hours a week. When hired, employers tend to give you few hours to start, like 20-30 hours/week. So it's always important to discuss that with your employer and always keep in mind your weekly expenses.

Good luck.
#J on Feb 20, 2018 :
None of the housing rent info is correct if you want to live in a decent 1/1 in a nice area you are talking Atleast $1250 with no utilities included... 2 bedrooms start at atleast $1600+ Housing market is insanely expensive right now... An average sized house is an ok area can be 400k plus
#Firpo on Sep 12, 2017 :
Hi there, I have a job offer in Altamonte Springs for 90k gross year salary. We are a family of four with children aged 5, 3 and <1. I would be the only one working for the next 2-3 years. Is the amount enough to live comfortably in a safe neighborhood, with good kindergardens/schools? I was considering Winter Park. What do people think?
#Liz on May 18, 2017 :
Can someone please give me some insight on the cost of personal health insurance and how much it can cost and individual when it is not provided by their employer?
#Den on Feb 21, 2017 :
There is no Orlando. Where there was once an Orlando, there is only a giant barrio. Fifty-four percent is from Puerto Rico, or are 'New Ricans' from Conn., New Jersey or Brooklyn. . It is now the Puerto Rican capital of the world. No city has more Puerto Ricans. English is the cities 2nd language.
#Randy Sotomayor on Jan 15, 2017 :
The mayor needs to take action when it comes to the extremely high cost of living in orlando,this has become an abuse for years.raised the wages regardless of education to meet housing expenses and to support are family,even both parents working they struggle to pay rent utilities insurances gas food ,cut some slack representatives
#Randy on Jan 15, 2017 :
Years have past and the mayor of Orlando has not done anything to improve the citizens life in this city , the poor income that citizens earn regardless of education to pay for the high cost of living in orlando is a crime ...
#Admin on Aug 01, 2016 :
Roy, there are more expensive shops than Aldi, also I think that price do not include GST and we collect prices with GST.
#Roy Lowe on Jul 30, 2016 :
Some smells, a gallon of milk is .89 cents at Aldi"s in Lima, Ohio, prices are fixed in Florida.
#shine on Jul 09, 2016 :
Good luck langga...wish you the best in life. I hope you will be fine their. I know it will be really tough seeing these's really a rip off..
##dank meme on Jun 07, 2016 :
what? This is a rough approximation of a cost of living. How is any of this a rip off? Nobody's asking you to move here or buy anything.
#hailey thomas on Apr 06, 2016 :
this is a rip off and I want to live here really badly
#Ams on Mar 02, 2016 :
If I make 5 thousand dollars a month will i be ok with my wife will I be fine with out rent
#Omar on Feb 26, 2016 :
I moved from Puerto Rico to Orlando because everybody was moving here and I was looking for a better future for my family. I have been here more than 2 years and everything is a struggle. If you come and have a good paying job you might be ok but let me tell you my struggles when I came. Lets start with the tolls, Its insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are afraid to go places because they are everywhere and when you don't have a lot of money that's really frustrating. Ok, I found a job really fast, for me that's easy, and paid 10.00 an hour,regular job.Nobody wanted to approve me for an apartment or a house because you have to have so long at your job and you have to make at least three times your rent money. So I was making $1,400 a month , meaning that my apartment or house had to be less than $500 a month. You don't see that here. I saw that in Ohio but not here.I have two kids so I needed a two bedroom, if you don't like ghetto style living you have to pay at least 1,500 or so. But that's not the only problem, the common thing that you hear in almost every apartment complex is: "WE ARE FULL, WE ARE FULL, WE ARE FULL" or "Do you want to be in our waiting list for 2017?" Whaaaaaaaaaat??????? Is this a joke ? That's 11 months from now!!There is too many people here!!! "I said to myself" I need a roof for my kids today!!! That's what goes trough my mind with all this caos. And finally I found one that was going to help me but NOOOOOOO!!!They like their application fees!!!!. This lady ask me a few questions about my credit and rental history and she said, yeah!!! you are gonna get approve! Gave her $75.00 check and 5 minutes later she tells I was not approve with this shameless face.A lot of heartless people here. There are a lot of SCAMS!!!!!! ALERT!!!!!. Finally I gave up and said to myself. Find the ugliest apartment complex and you might get approve, and it worked. I found a 2 bedroom for $700 in Kissimmee and yeah you know add the deposit and all that, don't remember but probably close to $2,000. Then yeah, ROACHES!!!, BAD FRIDGE!!!POOR SERVICE, Broken mirros in bathrooms!!! Well!!! I guess That's what I get for wanting to move to Orlando. Now we are doing better and my wife also works but it seems like you don't get anywhere. Oh, and talking back about tolls, me and my wife were spending over $200 a month just to get to our jobs. Now we are taking other routes but still spend around $70.00. There is crime everywhere!!!! If you can afford at least $1,700 in rent for a 2 or 3 bedroom you are ok and maybe safe. But make sure you make three times that amount monthly!
#Ana on Oct 13, 2015 :
Okay, for anyone wanting to move to Orlando, let me give you the reality of this city.
I live in Kissimmee currently but am moving to an apartment in Orlando to be closer to my university. For anyone thinking Orlando is too expensive, or too dangerous, kissimmee is a great option. It's cheaper, and quieter but still in reasonable distance from Orlando. My family's income is below average for 4 people (they make only $43,000 annually) and we still own a very nice 3bed/2bath home with a pool on the expensive (west) side of kissimmee. We also own 3 cars. Wages for the average worker are not high, so dont have that expectation. For no educational experience, expect $10/hour to begin with, sometimes even $9. Places like Disney and hotels are always hiring if you have no other options! Apartments run from $600-$900 for 2bed-3bed, so its very affordable. As for utilities, on average for a HOUSE, expect: Gas = $40 or less (depending on if you cook a lot), electricity= $280 or less (Depending how much a/c you use and the size of the house) Water= $80, wifi= $45, trash and sewer= $90.
As for living in Orlando, it's a lot more expensive, and dangerous. The crime rate has recently gone up, as well as car insurance prices. Expect apartments in a good area to run you $1200-2700, not including any type of utilities (unless you live in income based housing which do include water, sewer, and trash). There are also a lot of homes and apartments in not-so-nice areas that are a lot cheaper, if you don't mind the higher chances of getting shot. As Kissimmee, Orlando does also have a lot of job opportunities because of the city and how busy it is, and a lot of places to go to for entertainment in the downtown area. Utilities are about the same. The only bill that really fluctuates is the electricity bill because of how bipolar the weather is. During April-November expect HIGH electric bills, and December-February lower bills.
#Melody on Aug 28, 2015 :
Ok everyone, heard this yesterday on news the average cost of living in Orlando for a family of 4 is $63,000 a year. The cost to a single person is $35,000... Most wages here will leave you struggling!!!! I was born in Orlando and have moved to a more country setting in Lake County . You also need to check crimes in Orlando , it is out of control as most major cities . Multiple murders on a daily bases . Wages are horrible , and most office positions YOU MUST BE BILINGUAL !!! Remember I am a native of Orlando and I won't paint unicorns and rainbows for you... It is extremely expensive and a very high violent crime rate along with massive drug problem... All I am saying to you can be confirmed with research. Start by looking up hero on overdoses in Orlando around Aug 20th 2015 !!!! People on this site should be more honest of how life is living Orlando truly is !!!
#Tristan on Jul 29, 2015 :
me and some friends are moving to an orlando apt soon, one is from missouri, another from miramar fl, and me from mississippi.
#Sean on Jun 15, 2015 :
Hi, if anybody could help me i would appreciate it. Myself & my family are thinking of emigrating to Orlando, FL, from a city called Leeds in the United Kingdom. I would like to know if Orlando is a great deal more in cost of living or am I on a winner if I do i choose to move?
#Brenda on Apr 25, 2015 :
PS, there is TONS of public transportation here. The lynx bus is everywhere!! A lot of the locals use (don't know where that dude works in Orlando or if he has ever used it...apparently not). bit I have several co-workers and so does my husband (different companies, different parts of town) that use it as their everyday commute. The comment about the sun rail train for commute not going to the theme parks or airport ---. This is BECAUSE it was installed for the locals for WORK transportation. Not designed for tourists to get to vacation destinations. You can check them both out on the net: and
#Brenda on Apr 25, 2015 :
Ok... I'm reading this list and scratching my head at some of it (mostly the comments). If you're paying over $1.78/dozen for eggs, you're not shopping at Walmart, save a lot or aldi, I see. Milk at those places also ranges from $2.50-$4/gallon. Chicken breast! 1.78-1.98/per pound. Ps these are APRIL 2015 prices....

To the lady wanting to relocating from NY to Orlando. DO IT. Not sure where in NY you are from, but we relocated from Rochester, NY in November 2012. (outside city limits). The only major difference I saw was food prices are higher (then, at Wegman's, I was paying $1.69/gallon for milk and it was $4 when we arrived in Orlando). And my car insurance. Same company, same vehicles, same coverage, went from $113/month for 2 full coverage vehicles to $256/month (not one thing of coverage changed!). JUST by having an Orlando address. When we bought a house here. (WAY cheaper per square foot than 30 moles OUTSIDE Rochester city), we moved just east of Orlando (literally like 5 miles) and our car insurance dropped just over $600 per year. Buying a newer car, dropped it even more (an additional $360/year).

Having said all that. Be prepared for moving expenses (just to switch those two vehicles and our two licenses over to FL from NY was $1000).

But there is lots of opportunities here. You just have to be willing to work. But. If you're from NY, I can tell ya, you're already ahead of that MY experience here.
#Anonymous on Mar 20, 2015 :
For the person asking about public transport - like most places in the United States, public transport is very limited. Orlando is designed for people with cars.

However, there are some bus routes, and a single commuter train line with about 10 stops that goes from the south end of town to the north end of town, but doesn't connect to the attractions or to the airport. Taxis are difficult to find unless you are at the airport or at a hotel downtown.

You could probably make do with public transport in Orlando, but it won't be easy, and asking the locals won't help much, since very few of them use it.