Cost of Living in Perth

Summary about cost of living in Perth, Australia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 A$ 12.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 82.50 A$ 60.00-123.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 A$ 10.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 9.00 A$ 5.00-12.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9.00 A$ 6.00-14.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.63 A$ 3.50-5.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.10 A$ 2.00-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.12 A$ 3.00-5.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.14 A$ 4.54-10.94
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.36 A$ 1.18-4.54
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.25 A$ 0.64-1.95
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.82 A$ 3.20-7.20
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.97 A$ 3.63-9.07
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.69 A$ 2.27-6.80
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.38 A$ 4.54-11.34
Apples (1 lb) 2.18 A$ 1.36-2.95
Banana (1 lb) 1.60 A$ 0.91-2.72
Oranges (1 lb) 1.74 A$ 0.91-3.18
Tomato (1 lb) 2.14 A$ 0.91-2.95
Potato (1 lb) 1.35 A$ 0.45-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 0.78 A$ 0.45-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.20 A$ 1.29-3.90
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.26 A$ 0.80-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.00 A$ 10.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.14 A$ 2.20-7.58
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.32 A$ 3.00-10.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 38.00 A$ 30.00-45.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 A$ 3.00-6.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 145.00 A$ 100.00-250.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.20 A$ 4.00-7.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.77 A$ 2.77-5.79
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 49.00 A$ 49.00-100.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.85 A$ 3.79-5.30
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,999.00 A$ 25,000.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,744.00 A$ 25,000.00-29,900.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 222.58 A$ 140.00-350.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.66 A$ 0.22-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 76.72 A$ 60.00-95.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 67.15 A$ 35.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.93 A$ 12.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 19.50 A$ 14.00-25.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,488.66 A$ 750.00-2,600.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 12,962.50 A$ 10,000.00-28,500.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 93.71 A$ 60.00-140.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 62.12 A$ 30.00-100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 132.26 A$ 90.00-180.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 133.72 A$ 80.00-230.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,517.31 A$ 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,095.71 A$ 680.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,499.30 A$ 2,000.00-3,467.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,646.80 A$ 1,200.00-2,350.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 577.45 A$ 464.51-929.02
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 439.21 A$ 371.61-743.22
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,862.56 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.39 2.04-4.15

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25 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jun 25, 2021:
- Good climate
- Nice beaches
- Low unemployment rate
- Good public healthcare system
- Not a lot of poverty due to welfare system
- Lots of parks, sporting facilities and playgrounds in good condition

- Too many politicians and layers of government
- Isolated
- Sense of entitlement
- Expensive

Your experience of any place will be shaped by your own interaction with it.

I can't say I've noticed the Xenophobic outbursts. I don't even know what an Eshay is.

I have young children and feel comfortable and safe in Perth.
Anonymous on Mar 25, 2021:
To Anyone who hasnt been or dosent know much about australia

Perth is a great city to live in. Usually Sydney or Melbourne would take the stage. But perth should also be reconised..

But i warn that there are some scrawny little pigs going out through the streets..

Eshays.. Eshays are just dumb wannabe gangsters who think they're cool and tough but cant do nothing.. they legit look like bums.. worse of all. They are all over Australia..

But they shouldnt be a hassle since they cant fight or stand up for themselves..
Anon on Oct 01, 2020:
People seem to forget that Perthites still harbour very deep resentment and feel humiliated by WA’s history and how they (or the Brits) obtained their homeland. Moreso among the older generations, but the same attitudes are passed down, to the point that the youngsters don’t really know why they hate outsiders but ‘they just do’. They believe that other nations are judging them or looking down on them, so they’re extremely defensive of their history / culture and will insult your country before you ‘get in there first’. The trouble is most people weren’t even thinking about ‘getting in there first’, which makes the random Xenophobic outbursts so shocking and bizarre.

The lack of positive, meaningful second nation culture or identity is a huge issue. The Aussie culture claims to be to ‘be a good bloke’ and ‘look after your mates’ - but it isn’t executed in the right way unfortunately. The end result is just pure nepotism. Generally speaking the only way for West Aussies to really establish an identity is via their wealth/status/postcode and people lose their minds trying to achieve that. You’ll find there is no relatively deep, ‘meaning of life’, alternative thinking from anybody. The mantra is Capitalise, buy property and die. To the detriment of who the f cares! I need my identity! My pool and my pick up truck! You’ll also notice Aussies are obsessed with ‘buying a piece of land’ - in other cultures we might say we’re building a home or developing a property but for Aussies the emphasis is always on buying a piece of land. Interesting wording I always think.

In such a new (second nation) country there are no deep rooted traditions, few extensive Australian family trees, little inherited religious/spiritual ideology to live by. Other cultures garner an identity via their social class, their place in history or even their ideology. These structures don’t really exist in Perth - wealth and status is King/God. The lack of morality when it comes to attaining that wealth and status is nasty and jaw dropping but only confirms this desperate scramble for a wealthy identity. There’s a feeling of ‘I’ll show the world what a bunch of supposed criminals can do’.

People mention that Perth has a boring ‘monoculture’. There is little creativity, expression, willingness to be unique, to step outside of the Perth prototype of a human existence. But why? Nobody can understand why nothing diverse or interesting ever takes off? Because to be different is a cardinal sin in Perth. Because anybody who doesn’t fit the mould is a threat to that slowly developing Aussie identity and must be targeted and bullied into submission. You can almost see the cogs turning when they encounter something new. ‘This isn’t what we know, I don’t understand this, this is a threat to us. Time to ostracise, bully and belittle.’

On the topic of racism, the easiest (yet most lethal) way to build bonds and allegiances with one another is via collective hatred of something or someone else. The lack of interest/fear of the wider world means that certain Perthites are fairly uncultured and often use Xenophobia and racism as a social bonding exercise. Not all - but many. Second Nation Western Australians are so effing lucky they are white. They love to dog whistle bad behaviour from the indigenous/black community - an unimaginative attempt to then justify their racism towards them. Reinforcing the idea that it’s okay to ostracise them. Oldest trick in the book. The emphasis on division further strengthens their supreme bonds to one another. You’ll note that for obvious reasons Western Australians tend to direct their Xenophobia/Racism towards the nations with the strongest sense of identity (Brits/Asians/Africans). This conveniently diverts attention away from their own. Again... old tricks. Many immigrants have experienced tribalism, bullying and Xenophobia from insecure Aussies.

I am willing to bet money that if Claire isn’t from the tourist board, she is a white Western boomer. I’ve no doubt that Claire may have had a good experience in Perth for those reasons. I myself fall into that category and was treated fairly well (when not being randomly verbally abused) but unfortunately I can’t ignore the treatment of ‘outsiders’ and don’t want to be part of the club so to speak. If you can’t bear the obsession with money, a superior race etc, don’t live in Perth or please just accept that it is what it is - it’s all far too deep rooted and won’t change for generations yet, if ever.
Perth society on Sep 16, 2020:
Not surprisingly, there has been an increase in the incidence of racial vilification and discrimination against ethnic minorities especially those of Asiatic origin in recent weeks. Whilst factors that contribute to such actions (heightened anxiety, loss of income, loss of employment etc.) are understandable, they are not acceptable, as they constitute civil and criminal offences under the Equal Opportunity Act, the Race Discrimination Act and the Western Australian Criminal Code.

promptly report racial abuse, discrimination or vilification to relevant authorities, if you or anyone you know are subjected to it.
Sam on Mar 30, 2020:
Who would of thought that if i can compare the cost of living for Mount Lawley, Maylands, Margaret River and Rottnest with


Well, with people like that, I'm convinced! Totally not prejudice at all. With that data, I'm all set and ready to move to Perth.

Thanks to anyone else for sharing useful data in terms of cost of living. Keep it up!
Margot on Mar 28, 2020:
Perth is a great city if you come with the right mindset and attitudes. Suburbs like North Perth, Mount Lawley or even Maylands are wonderful places to live in, never-mind the fact that the beaches here are unbeatable! Perth is nestled right in-between several other beautiful places such as Margaret River, and don't get me started on Rottnest, it's just so wonderful. My kids go to school here and they love it, the sense of community here is very strong. We moved from Europe sometime in the beginning of 2014 and have never looked back. Prices might be a little bit of a set back in the beginning but do not fret, it's only the start of your journey. I would just like to remind everyone that it doesn't feel like home until you decide to make it home!
Eric on Mar 25, 2020:
Costco has finally arrived in Perth !
This City and this state urgently needs it: more competition, lower prices and more variety in retail sector !
Although Costco does not have everything cheapest and many items come in larger packages, it is definitely worth $60/year membership fee (especially if you have a larger family or small business). Besides, with petrol and diesel prices (members only) having the lowest price in W.A, becoming a member was a no brainer to me !
Perth society on Mar 19, 2020:
Perth potentially in mass hysteria over COVID-19 virus. The panic causing more fear, malicious profit, blame, and hatred through misinformation.

Remain calm and help protect people against those who intend to use this situation as an excuse to spread blame, hatred and to target peoples ethnicity. The culprits can be held liable for their actions, provided by the evidence you have recorded and reported.
Annette on Feb 17, 2020:
I have lived in WA since 2001. Rural for the last 4 yrs. WA has the worst drivers ive ever seen. Be ready for anything and defensive driving is a must as there is no such thing as common sense. They cant even merge without causing highway traffic to stop. If you get lost just drive till youre on the next main hwy and you will then find your way back home pretty easily. Its a sunny state, and after it rains the roads are slick like sleet so beware. Theres lots to see and do, but picnic trips cost way less and i think are more fun. Food is reasonably priced. You just need to know where to go and dont stick to one shop. Spending a couple dollars extra in fuel can save many more in groceries. As a state, i find the ppl warm and welcoming but lying is very common and truth is considered confrontational in my experience; but i dont sugar coat things. There are a lot more “uninhabitable” houses here as there are an astonishing number of ppl that dont clean their own homes to the point where its a health hazard. A large number of todays younger generation have no respect , no pride, no interest in working and no motivation. If you intend to live here you need to be motivated. Since perth and lower WA is isolated from the rest of the world, the first 6mths here can be daunting and lonely. Socialising locally is a must if you wish to combat it. If youre thing of moving here be very sure you can make it cause a lot of ppl give up and go home, wasting thousands of dollars. If you find your niche here, you wont regret it. For all its frustrations and faults, WA is a beautiful place to live.
Sam on Feb 06, 2020:
At least most of the negative comments are long and detailed with full experiences and numbers to share. Those are very useful and much appreciated.

There is no progress without criticism.
Seb on Feb 04, 2020:
I am amazed at the negative comments about Perth, having lived all over the world I find Perth an extremely clean place, transport amazing, people friendly the young very helpful towards older folk. The drivers curious and sensible. Yes prices for food or eating out is expensive but not unreasonable when you consider city in Europe. I am very impressed with Perth and area.
Shahab on Dec 17, 2019:
I heard that scool's charges for children is free in perth, is it true?
bc on Oct 27, 2019:
Grew up in Perth and then moved to the USA.. those saying that Perth is backwards have clearly never lived in the US. Everything is backwards here. Need a new car or loan, maybe you are wanting to rent or buy a home? You better have debt or will not be approved. Need to visit the doctor for a recurring issue? hope you have $600 for unnecessary blood work, on top of the $150 for the 10 minute appointment (prices after insurance applied). Oh and don't forget you are already paying $45+ every paycheck (fortnightly) for health insurance if you are lucky. Never went to college/university because you wanted to break into the workforce and gain some experience? good luck getting anything more than a Barista position. Perth is not perfect, nowhere is. I cannot wait to move back to Perth. Things will be more expensive like food, fuel and travel but there is beauty in Perth and a sense of "freedom" that does not compare to any other place. Thinking of moving to Perth? do not let some of these comments deter you from making the decision. Weigh your options. Make a list of the things you value most. Inexpensive healthcare, public transport, nature? Perth may be for you. Cheap shopping, cheap fuel or easy travel to various places, then maybe Perth (or any Aussie city really) is not for you. I hate hearing/reading what I am about to say but.. If you don't like it then leave. May be a matter of "trial and error" but regardless of how you feel about your decision to move to Perth, it is an experience nonetheless and isn't that what life is all about? No experience is invaluable. Give it a chance. Perth is visually beautiful, but it is also what you make of it.
EdMahn on Apr 10, 2019:
Hi Numbeo team , Perth like many other global centre has a huge range of prices. If you shop around you can make great savings. Example - bottled water. If you must have Evian then your will be skinned alive. Many smaller retailers job out 20x 600ml budget brands for $4.00 a slab. This equates to 20 cents a shot. Veggies are also sold thru local markets at well below 50% charged by the majors. The fact is the Majors want their packaged products sold as there are massive mark ups on such items. Making Cola with cordial and a home CO2 device will produce fizzy drinks at less than 5 cents a glass. People can also save huge amounts of money by installing a bore. An average bore will generate 8000 ltrs of water for about 50 cents. People should also reduce their hot water storage unit temps to what they can enjoy without adding cold water when showering. This step will reduce energy bills by 50%. Clothing is also a huge cost factor. I shop online buying goods direct from overseas. 90% cheaper than shopping locally. Lower incomes are not an issue , wastage is the enemy of every wallet.
TJ on Sep 14, 2018:
"A single person monthly costs: 1,213.24A$ without rent."
Seriously? i spend that much a month including rent!
MS on May 20, 2018:
I am zad. I am planning to move to perth in coming summer but i have no idea where to live and what to do. I am 28. I first need a job thr any job is ok for me. Can anybody guide mehere. Email
Eric on May 16, 2018:
I used to live in the U.S.(Detroit Metro area, approx. mid range cost of living for the country)and now I have a real joy to live in Perth. The truth is that dollar-for dollar (without the exchange rate)many prices in Detroit are half- or even one-third of those in Perth. However, the average wages here are significantly higher and the basic wage in Perth is more than twice of that in Michigan (A$18.00 vs.US$8.75 per hour). On the top of that in Perth, I use way less resources I was using over there (e.g.electricity,gas,gasoline,car's depreciation and maintenance costs, clothing, food, e.t.c) because of its mild, Mediterrean climate. Overall, I am here more happy, way more relaxed and better off financially ! Thanks, Australia ! Thanks Perth ! I am your big fan !
Philbert on Apr 15, 2018:
According to the latest Domain report, Perth has the cheapest rental market of any capital city at the moment, although it has just gone up in the last quarter. So #Ozbloke36, you might be a little disappointed going back to Brisbane and really disappointed in Melbourne.
Ozbloke36 on Apr 13, 2018:
I think people in Perth are seriously delirious. The prices they ask for rentals is beyond a joke. Real estate reports are STILL saying now prices are STILL going backwards, yet rentals (apart from the beginning of the year) have tried to stay up and would rather the house empty rather than actually lower their price to realistic levels. I'm talking another $100 a week. We are not in mining booming days anymore, and we know they have lowered prices, however no where near to the level they should be and it shows as they sit there for months vacant.

I'm fortunate to be paying $300 a week for a 3x2x2 and I've looked around and it's at LEAST another $50 - $100 a week for me to get something similar. They are just dreaming and I see them sitting there for months and months at a time. If they did the math they would work out it's more worth to knock another $50 - $60 off per week than leaving it vacant for 2 months. Stupid people cannot do math it seems.

Just greed over here. I miss Brisbane (more population AND cheaper housing AND nicer people).

But Melbourne is the same, cheaper houses than over here in Perth. The only way you get a cheap house in Perth is to move to a place with record crime levels (and Perth already has the 2nd most crime per state per capita just behind NT), so no thanks.
Anonymous on Mar 13, 2018:
I come from Scotland and I used to live and work in Perth Western Australia and was heartbroken during to unforeseen circumstances had to leave Perth and return to Scotland. I hate living in Scotland and hopefully I will be able to return to Perth and this time to stay and live permanently.
Anonymous on Mar 13, 2018:
You certainly cannot beat Perth for beaches they are absolutely outstanding and exceptionally clean the cleanest I have ever seen in any other country. The scenery is outstanding and the people are absolutely wonderful and friendly. I absolutely love Perth and hopefully I can return and this time to stay permanently. My hearts desire. What a beautiful country to live in.
Ghryst on Mar 10, 2018:
"you can't beat Perth for beaches, activities, cycling, mountains and things."
dude, wtf, we dont have ANY mountains, the only mountains australia has at all are over east, and even there they only barely qualify as mountains on the height technicality, theyre certainly more "a ridgeline" and not mountains..
beaches are full of needles, the cyclists need to be run over, and the "things" only come out at night, get drunk, then crawl back into thier $500 a week hovels
T on Jan 06, 2018:
Just moved to Perth from California on Nov 28th. The cost of living here is very high. I do live in the CBD and that is a lifestyle choice. I can afford it and I don't want to own a car so it works for me. The lifestyle reminds me of San Diego a bit but the beaches just aren't as close. Plenty of hot chicks for single guys like me. The early week is slow in the CBD but you can still have a good time in Northbridge. Haven't found the cliquey vibe that people keep talking about. I am also an extra extrovert so connecting with people is easy.

For rent, I pay 600AUD /wk for 1400sqft/131sqm apart on St George Terrace with a view of the Swan River. Again this is a lifestyle choice.
I spend out about $50 a week on food. That means food I buy from the grocery store(Woolworths). I like to cook at home.
Traveler on Jan 04, 2018:
I grew up in Perth and moved away to work and then found a partner and we decided to move back to Perth. Sure, to live well it could be considered expensive, but in the right suburb and with the right frame of mind then you can't beat Perth for beaches, activities, cycling, mountains and things. Sure, these things are far apart and getting to them can take time, this is where you need to have grown up there to understand - things take time, some places are great and some not so great. Perth has a large variety of people living there and now I am working here it seems everyone is from somewhere other than Perth. All of my school friends still live here and they have great jobs, hobbies and families that keep them busy. Some of these friends, like me, moved away to bigger 'better' cities, but decided the beach and lifestyle that you can chose is better than anything. For example take London and Hong Kong, busy and exciting, but mostly dark and depressing, quite soul sucking to see everyone like ants, desperate to see themselves as different with flashy cars and acting in some cool and hip way... these big cities are FAKE, Perth is honest and the isolation will show you as who you are, it will ask questions of you that no other place will.
TC on Sep 09, 2017:
Landed in Perth few years ago, needed a bed to sleep on so went to Salvos (second hand "charity" shop) in Innaloo. The old lady there who I still recall vividly sold me a single bed for $100AU, no mattress. latter found bed legs where missing or broken!! I said to her this cant be used. She said some people don't use legs..... ?!?!
You know, they get the bed free, then they try rip you off and lie through there teeth in the process. Anyhow lady I hope you are reading this cause I still haven't forgotten about you.