Cost of Living in Paris

Summary about cost of living in Paris, France:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.87 $ 9.53-26.21
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 71.48 $ 47.65-107.22
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.72 $ 9.53-11.91
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.15 $ 5.96-9.53
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.15 $ 4.77-9.53
Cappuccino (regular) 4.44 $ 2.38-5.96
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.67 $ 2.38-4.77
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.62 $ 1.19-4.77
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.82 $ 3.61-7.08
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.99 $ 1.08-4.32
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.11 $ 0.54-1.89
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.49 $ 2.14-7.15
Local Cheese (1 lb) 9.20 $ 4.32-20.26
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.94 $ 4.05-11.35
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 10.87 $ 6.47-21.62
Apples (1 lb) 1.54 $ 1.03-2.16
Banana (1 lb) 1.08 $ 0.80-1.62
Oranges (1 lb) 1.52 $ 0.54-2.16
Tomato (1 lb) 1.68 $ 0.81-2.43
Potato (1 lb) 1.10 $ 0.43-2.16
Onion (1 lb) 1.40 $ 0.54-2.50
Lettuce (1 head) 1.78 $ 1.19-3.57
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.00 $ 0.36-2.38
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.94 $ 4.42-17.87
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.24 $ 0.95-3.61
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.95 $ 1.79-3.57
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 11.91 $ 11.68-13.10
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.26 $ 2.01-2.38
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 89.35 $ 83.39-92.92
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.96 $ 3.10-8.34
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.88 $ 2.15-5.75
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 48.90 $ 37.88-71.48
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.75 $ 5.50-8.12
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,405.32 $ 22,635.46-29,783.50
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,342.51 $ 26,209.48-35,740.20
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 207.79 $ 112.52-297.83
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.26 $ 0.06-0.60
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 32.31 $ 23.83-47.53
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 44.48 $ 29.78-95.31
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 23.04 $ 10.72-41.70
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.10 $ 10.72-17.87
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 964.99 $ 476.54-1,429.61
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,346.63 $ 9,530.72-29,783.50
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 110.61 $ 71.48-142.96
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 44.52 $ 23.83-71.48
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 108.37 $ 71.48-142.96
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 178.70 $ 83.39-297.83
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,469.65 $ 1,072.21-2,029.86
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,033.20 $ 774.37-1,429.61
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,406.77 $ 2,382.68-4,765.36
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,171.85 $ 1,429.61-3,574.02
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,525.40 $ 1,217.46-1,848.33
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,149.24 $ 885.43-1,438.82
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,420.52 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.16 1.00-2.00

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39 Comments so far
Anonymous on May 09, 2021:
App to compare supermarket prices.

Hello there.
It may be helpful, or maybe not, I don’t know, but it has been helpful to me. I made an app for iPhone that let you compare price in different supermarkets (like orange juice, etc).

You can save a list and update it to check if the price changed, or where is the best price for some item.

Here is the link.

It does require a good internet connection since it searches in each supermarket website.

It’s free.

Best regards.
Paul M.Woeller on Mar 29, 2021:
I lived in Paris in the 70's and loved it. I worked in a restaurant La Belle Aurora. Wish I had stayed
Anonymous on Feb 28, 2021:
Macron thinks wokeism was invented by far leftist groups in the U S even when Trump was president.

The majority of the world thinks the U S is racist but it's really no more racist than anywhere else is.

Trump stopped masses of Muslims from entering the U S and the world said shame on you to Trump.France,Germany, Switzerland Canada and other countries opened the gates wide and said Muslims are welcome.

But after just 1 year those countries wanted Muslims out of their countries. All Muslims aren't bad not my point.

Anytime the U S government does something rash or so the world thinks the U S according to the majority of the world are racist bigots.

Needless to say those countries that critized the U S the most are getting a big taste of wokeness,in the form of their countries being terrorized by their new neighbors they've freely invited into their countries.

Trump could easily win by a landslide by running again in 2024 just like Donald Jr.could or Candice Owen's could too.

Make no mistake about it one of those 3 will be the next president and when they are they'll finish slamming the door closed on the majority of the world's fingers.

Great friendships were made with India, and extended trust between the quad 4.The 3rd New party is coming known as the patriot party.

Democrats and Republicans are scared to death of Trump and they should be. Because those two parties have finally realized the parties over.

The UK has been a steadfast friend of the U S since day 1 just like Japan has too. I'm looking forward to the day when the real powers that be squash the life out of other countries who continue to throw sand in our vision but it won't work anymore.

Biden cannot do anything to undo what Trump started and he knows it.
There's several things about the U S people worldwide know. We help anyone who asks with humanitarian aid military or natural disasters.

The other thing is if anyone spits on the U S it's never forgiven or forgotten, yes we hold a grudge but death is a certainly to those that do.DONT TREAD ON THE U S or pay the ultimate price, death and that's a guarantee.
Anonymous on Dec 14, 2020:
Transportation has increased triple taking taxi's due to the government putting heavy taxes on carbon emissions.Try to situate yourself within a very central area so you can walk where you need to shop etc.
Anonymous on Oct 08, 2020:
I see that the salary is now above 2,500 EUR which is fair.
However property prices in city center (1 to 11 districts) are above 13,000 EUR according to the notary monthly report of September 2020 and not 12,000 EUR as I can see now. It should be corrected.
The 6e arrondissement or district average price is 15,000 EUR for example :
Anonymous on Jun 22, 2020:
2,300 net salary average (after benefits and income tax) is not correct.
In 2016, the average salary was 2370 according to official figures :

Now in 2020 it should be at least 2,500.
Anonymous on Mar 08, 2020:
<quote>Is Paris a good city for someone who wants to study Geography in the university then work and live there?
I think 99 percent of buildings are very old and this is a negative part for me. also structure of the city is very old too.
what's your idea? help me. thanks.
Hi Arthur, your comment sounds a bit odd, i dont know where you come from but most of the big european cities are very old, so indeed the real estate is de facto old... it's usually what gives its charm to these cities. And the truth is, outside the historical center, some poorer or ex-industrial parts of Paris and its suburbs are now giant playground for real estate promoters and architects so big chunks of the city (and around) are getting renewed completely, have a look on the internet if you want to know more. This is part of a giant project that will span over 30 years called "Grand Paris" (Greater Paris) and also in sight of the upcoming olympic games in 2024.
About the prices, the biggest problem is -as everyone below already stated- the rents which are huge compared to the salaries, and when you're a student it's even more complicated.
Talking about the structure of the city, i dont know what is and old structure compared to a new structure... each city has a different layout so what did you mean exactly ?
Arthur on Mar 03, 2020:
Is Paris a good city for someone who wants to study Geography in the university then work and live there?
I think 99 percent of buildings are very old and this is a negative part for me. also structure of the city is very old too.
what's your idea? help me. thanks.
Anonymous on Jan 18, 2020:
Continuing from previous post.
So to make it simple , one salary going on living and expenses, and another salary can pay of credit of apartment car , and holidays ... This is most real picture ..
Minja on Jan 18, 2020:
Paris housing is quite expensive in town. Suburbs cost less but then also class of people change , and drop in culture , cleanliness of streets and overall feeling is that you're far away from mighty west ..
Salary is around 2000€ , but still there are 1300€ low or 3000€ higher , depending a lot of position and work experience. To say , no any professional higher education , you will be around 1500-1800€. Knowing some skills or do example plumbing , electricity , heating , you will get higher salary if you do your own business and open company. If you speak both English and French rhis is good and can open door to many jobs like client support , working on airport , and other companies that need daily contact on English , then you can expect 2000+ euros again depends on your previous experience.
When you have 2 workers in home both to say earning about 4000€ , and you are living 30 km from Paris , you can find equiped apartment for 700-1200 euros and then for food and bills you will spend around 300-400 for food , and around 120-170 for bills all included. So let's say you find apartment of 40m2 for 1200 with bills included , you pay nice medium quality food 400 per month , transportation if there is no car , just public 150 that's already
Veer Singh on Nov 12, 2019:
I search new job as Assistant professor in France. I have master degree in plant pathology Agriculture and have 2 year teaching experience
To-ToGuyMar on Nov 08, 2019:
Sorry, but that is wrong.
Average net salary in provincial France (everywhere except Paris) is 2250€ netto.
So of course it is higher in Paris.

Website shows net salary after tax:

I don't know what extreme taxes you are talking about. I live in Germany and tax rate on my gross salary is a lot higher. After that, my health expenditures are less reimbursed in Germany than in France, unemployment money payout is more restricted than in France, my income protection is not made on a company basis like in France so that I have to pay from my own pocket otherwise I don't get anything after 6 month of illness in Germany, and retirement age is 68 in Germany (vs. 62 in France).
So yes, I think it is fair to pay those "EXTREME" taxes you are so much complaining about.
Anonymous on Jun 21, 2019:
How is part-time job in paris? How much salary per hour?
hemanth on Jun 19, 2019:
what is the cost of living in paris including the housing for a student who shares a sigle seated room.
ToGuyMar on Apr 18, 2019:
To GuyMar: Yes it is. Brutto salary is a lot higher, but after all EXTREME taxes, its about 2000€ monthly +-100€.
GuyMar on Apr 17, 2019:
Average monthly salary in Paris is not 1'900€ after tax!! Otherwise nobody could afford to live there.
The city itself is of course very expensive (Rent) but salaries are a lot higher!
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2019:
To # swathi Read the prices on Numbeo they're fairly accurate.
Anonymous on Apr 02, 2019:
I once tried to purchase a man, but they called the police and I had to run away
I don't know what's wrong with Paris, but apparently, you can't buy slaves to do your 'bidding'. This is outrageous! How am I supposed to satisfy myself.
I once saw some fresh children, and I barely managed to escape the police. Honestly, Paris is so different to Afghanistan. I should have never illegally immigrated her in the first place.
Anonymous on Mar 19, 2019:
Once Macron is gone and the yellow vests finish burning France there'll be a huge fire sale, cheap cheap good good.
Slim on Mar 13, 2019:
I want to add that rent is very high in Paris. You may find an appartement of 14m2 with 700 euro. However if you want to rent a decent appartment you will search around Paris. The life is very very very expensive. Much you will be paid much you will pay taxes.
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2019:
Excuse me I beg to differ but France isn't still one of the richest economy's in the world.I live in Paris along with many relatives.I really don't understand why you think that France still has an average salary of 1900 Euros each month especially since the euro has lost much of it's value and continues to do so daily.Quite frankly keep the Lev and convince the Bulgarian president not to drop the Lev just to be a member of the Eurozone.Otherwise Bulgaria will be in the same financial mess as France and other members of the Eurozone.
Anonymous on Mar 08, 2019:
Just wandering:
With an average net salary of 1900 Euro (and this is average, what about workers, bus drivers, hair-dressers etc. who may earn a portion of that) and 1200 Euro just for a very basic apartment rent and utilities:
How do you guys manage to survive? Food, clothes, car, education for the children, healthcare, vacation?
All this things should actually be affordable by the middle class European citizen (and France is still one of the richest economies worldwide...)
I don't know what to think. I am from Bulgaria, we are supposed to be the poorest country in EU. Things aren't great here, we have lot's of other problems, but I can afford all those without any problems at all...
Anonymous on Feb 17, 2019:
France should be banned from visiting any other countries throughout the world permanently.People from around the world should stop visiting France permanently.The world continues to watch France destroy lives of their citizens through allowing many migrants entering France and expecting french citizens to pay for the migrants upkeep.I left Paris January 2019 just not affordable,yes lived here all of my life.Millions of yellow vests which are everyday workers just like I was too.
Anonymous on Feb 01, 2019:
I agree the monthly wage isn't correct at all,more like 700 eur per month.Macron and his cohorts ie french government continues to bleed the public dry financially and security wise no doubt.Americans are far too intelligent as to let France rip us off.France and the rest of Europe's currency is obviously on a downward spiral to the land of no return.Trump got out of the Paris climate Accord for this reason.The french government was pocketing the money.The U S military has pulled much of it's military personnel and equipment out of France and Europe.Gone are the days of free rides Europe enjoyed which U S taxpayers footed the bills solely.Its amazing how soon people in Europe forget how the U S has protected them for 70 plus years.Nobody around the world offered to help the U S when 911 happened,not even a phone call from Europe.FYI the U S didn't ask for any help either,but a gesture would've been the respectable thing to do.To those of you that may think the next president will fall in line as it used to be with Europe protecting them, think again.Many people think Trump is an enemy of Europe,not the case at all.WE THE PEOPLE are alive and well in the USA.WE THE PEOPLE don't care about Europe nor the rest of the world for that matter.Fight your own battles ie wars.WE THE PEOPLE don't care if you all kill each other, just as long as we get to watch.
AL SMART on Jan 13, 2019:
Everything is insanely OVERPRICED in Paris right now... especially real estate! There are thousands of vacant apartments lying unsold in all areas of Paris right now and property prices have already started plunging. This filthy city in Europe is now made even more undesirable and unsafe due to the issues of uncontrolled immigration, crime and Yellow Vest riots. It is inevitable that real estate prices in Paris and most other French cities will PLUNGE within the next couple of years. There are a couple of dubious online publications trying to trick Americans and Canadians by touting France as a wonderful place to buy property and retire overseas. If you follow their advice you will LOSE a lot of your money very soon!
Anonymous on Dec 09, 2018:
I'm a french citizen living in Paris all of my life.Unfortunately I'm leaving my homeland in January due to the very corrupt government destroying everyone's lives not only in Paris but throughout france.France overall isn't safe to visit anymore even on vacation.With a heavy heart I say this.France is literally burning and even after the current corrupt government is gone it'll calm down then start all over again.France obviously depends heavily upon tourism but those days are over now.FYI if you're thinking about visiting anywhere in eastern Europe cancel that as well.Putin will invade all of eastern Europe in the near future.Georgia is the starting point for invasion but other eastern European countries will fall prey to Russian force in the near future unfortunately.Its only a short matter of time before Germany invades France.If you value your safety don't visit anywhere in Europe,be safe.
bradley devoe on Jul 02, 2018:
This is my first time going out of country and this is going to be the place that I take my wife to be for our honeymoon. We are looking at staying two weeks in Paris and I'm needing to know cost of a room per night and all other essentials. I am new to the euro system so someone who knows a bit more about this can they reply to this thread?
Anonymous on May 24, 2018:
The average NET salary (take home pay) in Paris can't be €2.300 as stated here - it could, if you carrried out a survey and interview 50 top managers who work in Le Defense and 50 ordinary Parisians .. the former all make around €200.000 whereas the latter make around €30.000 - Paris is a very expensive city, but if you consider the income/prices ratio, it's a lot worse - London is more expensive, but net salaries in London are considerably higher. No wonder there are 500.000 Frenchies in Old Blighty.. Paris is a great city if you have money and don't have to work there.
Anonymous on May 22, 2018:
Myanmar is tremendously daring and shameless to the extent of fabricating the following made-up news which is clearly against the weakest and helpless Rohingya currently being genocided by culprit Myanmar.

Myanmar Rohingya militants massacred Hindus, says Amnesty

It is absolutely unlogical even just to think the most helpless, almost annihilated Rohingya carrying out a massacre upon Hindu on top of themself almost being wiped out by Myanmar.

Myanmar should not be fooling around with other nation spreading fake and made-up news because other nations are not foolish neither to be easily cheated by the made-up news of culprit Myanmar.

Everyone should take a moment to feel in the shoe of Rohingya currently suffering helplessly who have clearly no future, thanks to the inhumane atrocities carried out by culprit Myanmar.

Time to unleash immediate punishment actions upon the greatest Evildoer Myanmar by showering it with the first punishment step of comprehensive sanctions on Myanmar.

Thousands of Rohingya rape victims expected to give birth
Anonymous on May 15, 2018:
Suu Kyi is the greatest humanity criminal responsible for the inhumane atrocities currently happening in Myanmar.
The atrocities happens only under the Suu Kyi government, not under the previous government so Suu Kyi should be prosecuted under the international criminal court for crimes against humanity.

While Rohingya are suffering inhumanely, shameless Suu Kyi's ministers are busy attempting to expand citis across the country including Yangon as well as places where Rohingya's land and houses were confiscated illegally to accommodate to more probably but not certain foreign investments, mostly coming from like-minded Communist China.

It is time to undo Obama's greatest history mistake and impose comprehensive sanctions on Myanmar immediately again.
And this time China must be punished to the extent of being imposed comprehensive sanctions if China violated sanctions on Myanmar.

The greatest virtue is to save a human race such as Rohingya from almost being wiped out.
This is exactly where the leadership role of UN must be amplified that fairness and justice prevail internationally under UN.
whereas China questionable, unworthy role of the permanent membership of UN, especially standing behind inhumane Myanmar upon Rohingya genocide is hopeless for the international communities so the permanent membership of China must be reconsidered whether or not sick China is worthy or fitting of the role.

Gang-raped while pregnant, watching their sons be beheaded and burned and beaten by soldiers – brave Rohinga women tell their horrific stories after escaping the Burma purge

‘We’ll Turn Your Village Into Soil’: Survivors Recount One of Myanmar’s Biggest Massacres
Nicolas Fatton on May 06, 2018:
Mr Grumpyexpat! Greetings! Of course you are absolutely free to have your opinion about living in Paris and I totally respect that. If i undertsood you correctly you don't earn a salary that justifies your stay in Paris and there is nothing you like in this city,yet you said that you are looking to buy an appartment. This is for the least contradictory unless you are a masochist. Since I am sure you are not and since you seem to have all the opportunities to have a great life in SF,would you be kind enough to tell me why you don't just pack and go back to your native or favourite city as you expressed this wish?
If,as you also said,it's Mr Trump who is keeping you away from your home town and i could understand that,you are taking the risk of waiting 7 more years. So you better start making some more efforts to adjust yourself to this city where you have already been living for three years. It's about time to stop complaining for living in a city loved by millions of people around the world otherwise you will drive yourself crazy and feel distressed for a few more years! Wishing you the best of luck in your endeavours! Bonne continuation et bonne chance l'ami!
Bruce on Apr 22, 2018:
I would like to move to Paris after I retire and have a budget of 1,300,000 euro to buy an apartment. How much money per month do my Wife and I need to live comfortably in Paris?
kkk on Mar 31, 2018:
@GrumpyEpact 55m^2 is too much for one person IMO , especially if you live in central Paris
GrumpyExpat on Feb 28, 2018:
Some more detailed comments:
My salary is 25K annual. I am told this is average!!
(US I made 65K)

Note most Parisians cannot afford to live in Paris. Its sad!

I pay 1900 euro for 1 bedroom apartment in Paris (central). It is 55 meters square, small & very old, sad crap kitchen, tiny fridge, no bathtub, no clothes dryer anywhere in building! No real closet space for clothes. We hang laundry to dry everyday!! We are looking to buy in Paris, but everything livable/decent in decent area is 900K (for a 65 meters square). Sure, you can find something around 650K but you are living in a bad area, and looking to commute 45-60 minutes to work. So if you want to buy in central Paris, hope you have a million & change! This is for no terrace or yard either. Something you must remodel because everything is old/outdated.

So much traffic, noise, honking, pollution! Dirtiest city ever been in. Dog poop everywhere middle of sidewalks. Smokers everywhere near restaurants. Bathrooms are like 3rd world & often you must pay to use. Restaurants are expensive compared to US. Little variety. Vegetables are rarely on menus & if you are into health food or vegan forget it. I find the restaurants predictable, all same plates, mundane, bland & not innovative. Many of the good ones dont take reservations, so u must line up at 7pm when they open and wait in the cold, hoping u get a seat. All stores have very inconvenient hours (closed 3 days per week, sometimes during lunch too). Unpredictable.

Groceries are expensive. There is very little variety of products. Very difficult to find good ethnic products, spices. Clothes shopping is expensive. And inconvenient.Most ppl shop at H&M or Zara only. Levis are like $15-200 per pair. Plain Converse shoes $75. All shops are closed on Sundays, so if you cant get groceries or shopping done during the week or on Saturday, youre stuck!

The “free” Public healthcare is very limited. Its very very basic/emergency coverage. You must buy a private “Mutuelle” to cover full medical visits or any specialists. Mine costs 150 EUROS per month... Not free!!! Very difficult to find doctors & specialists that speak fluent English. Dentists are expensive and poor. Paperwork is a mess/disaster. No customer service. Bad attitude.

Gym is 75 euro (small/mediocre), monthly metro pass is 75 Euro (not cheap). Concerts are expensive.

You must leave Paris for any nature. The gardens are structured with mainly dirt paths. Many cafes but always tiny & very crowded. Not comfortable at all. Everywhere is so cramped & crowded. And Im a city person. the weather is always gray, so often not nice to be outside. Winter is dreadful. Its cold from October-April/May usually, lots of rain, little sunshine. Then its unbearably hot in July/August. No aircon anywhere & many people stink and do not wear deoderant. Makes for a lovely cramped Metro ride!!

The worst though is the people: Parisians are outright rude, elitist and awful. Even if u try to speak French. Unfriendly, complaining, lazy. As for employment, all the young people have double Masters degrees. Your US experience does not matter. Few jobs because people never leave, they cannot be fired here. For entry-level jobs, pedigree is most important: you must graduate from a Superieure French school with an MBA & Masters Just to make minimum wage. Makes living here as a non-French a nightmare. Inefficiency: getting any government paperwork done will take over a year. They will lose your file several times. Sitting in prefecture for 5 hours to submit a form. Nightmares!! I could go on even more...

Really dont move here. You’ll thank me!! And yes, I would leave & go back home tomorrow if I could!!
Grumpyexpat on Feb 28, 2018:
Why do people want to live in Paris? Paris is extremely expensive! I lived in SF for 20 years. Lived in Paris currently for 3. The salaries are HALF in Paris than in US. Median salary is 27k net-take home (2018) It’s pitiful!!! US McDonalds workers make more $. Europeans are over-educated, often require even a Masters to work at a cafe or boulangerie. Good luck getting any job if you dont speak 3 languages!!

When I left San Francisco, 4 years ago, I was making 65K for a office coordinator position that only required a BA degree. I got an annual bonus equal to 1 paycheck. The economy in Paris is really bad, less jobs, less creativity, no room to move up in Paris. No perks or work socializing. Conservative, very formal hierarchy. Adverse to any change.

The only major expense in CA is rent. Much higher in SF, But if you want to buy an apartment, the prices are not very different (around 10k per meters square both cities).

Job security can be a problem in US. You can usually qualify for 1.5 years of unemployment however. Keeps things competitive. As a result, customer service is top-notch in US. Parisians can not show up to work, not do job & never get fired! If they are fired, they get paid full salary for like 5 years, it’s stupid! Service is non-existant.

Other difference is vacation time. However, SF is amazing. Everything changing on the cutting edge, young people doing cool start-ups, weather is awesome, lots nearby (Hiking, nature, ocean, skiing, etc) You dont need as much holiday as you do in Paris!! Paris is always cold & gray (except August when everything is closed). You always want to escape Paris, its sooooo dirty, noisy, polluted, gray and no green spaces unless you travel! The gardens are dirt paths mainly....You get used to less holiday. Better tech companies in SF are offering more (5 weeks) in SF. If you work in tech.

My healthcare insurance was $60 per month in SF (pre-taxed) as a single (probably way more now?) , my employer did a 401K retirement plan match. So whatever you contribute, they match that amount. I am young & healthy, so I went to a GP only once per year, as well as dentist every 6 mos, specialists several times per year.

Basic costs of living are a bit cheaper in SF than Paris (Groceries, clothing, beer). I lived & worked in the city, so I did not ever need a car.. Most people in the both cities dont. My SF employer paid our transport pass at 100%. For in-city travel, the pass is $70 per month I believe (not including Caltrain outside of SF) Same in Paris, but they dont pay for it.

There are certain things that are a matter of opinion/priority (which culture is more fun, happy, the weather, entertainment activities, stimulating work). Plenty of free museum days every month, lots of green parks in every SF neighborhood, charming colorful Victorian architecture, amazing variety of food and just in general, more innovative culture) Just my humble opinion. Paris is a drag. Parisians make it particularly horrible: rude, unwilling to speak English, so lazy, complaining constantly. There is less convenience in Paris. Less options & variety in grocery stores, products, restaurants, etc.

So other than many holidays & cheaper healthcare, less focused-on-work culture, cheaper childcare/education ( if u have kids)... As a young person with no kids, SF & coastal West coast cities get my vote for better quality of living. Cannot speak for LA or NYC or other parts of US. I adore the friendly warm people and cannot wait to move back! After Trump is gone.
Klara Bieber on Feb 20, 2018:
I am double citizen Hungarian and US. I have Hungarien retired health care, based on I worked there 30 years. Hungary belong to the Europien Union. What kind of insurance may I need if I live in France. Please let me know.

Thank you. Klara Bieber
Gustavo on Oct 14, 2017:
Hello numbeors,

My question about the healthcare system at France.
How much the private health insurance does it cost per year (average/adult/eu citizen)

Yami on Oct 08, 2017:
Hello All,

I am 12 yr exp Engineer (Oil and gas field). Like to work in France. I will come with my Family (Total 4 Persons including me). How much salary should I have to survive, with child education, Medical and monthly expenses? So that at least 2000 Euro should save.
Anonymous on Jul 26, 2017:
I got offer of 52K euros annually for 2 adults and 1 child for Paris.
After deducting tax of 850 euros, rent of 1100 euros and Social Security 900-1100 euros, I only get 1400 euros for monthly expenses like food, electricity, travel, internet etc.

Is that sufficient? How much saving will be? I also have home loan of 500 euros of EMI for home in India.