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Cost of Living in Phoenix

Summary about cost of living in Phoenix:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 13.00 $ 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 $ 35.00-75.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.50 $ 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 $ 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.00 $ 4.00-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.22 $ 2.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.75 $ 1.00-2.67
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.32 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.06 $ 1.82-2.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.11 $ 1.00-3.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.62 $ 0.85-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.11 $ 1.25-2.99
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.42 $ 2.49-5.99
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.83 $ 1.99-7.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.51 $ 3.33-8.79
Apples (1 lb) 1.18 $ 0.97-2.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.64 $ 0.49-0.90
Oranges (1 lb) 1.46 $ 0.99-2.50
Tomato (1 lb) 1.45 $ 0.99-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.00 $ 0.50-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 0.89 $ 0.50-1.49
Lettuce (1 head) 1.13 $ 0.99-1.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.77 $ 1.25-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $ 8.99-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.45 $ 0.66-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.55 $ 1.25-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.67 $ 6.99-8.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $ 2.00-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 64.00 $ 50.00-65.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.60-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.20 $ 1.80-3.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 36.00 $ 20.00-36.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.86 $ 2.55-3.04
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,880.00 $ 18,800.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,516.20 $ 15,700.00-27,850.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 152.46 $ 92.65-228.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.11 $ 0.10-0.15
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 73.61 $ 50.00-95.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27.79 $ 10.00-55.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 3.39 $ 0.00-15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.38 $ 8.50-12.50
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 661.06 $ 300.00-1,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,040.00 $ 9,000.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 44.48 $ 30.00-65.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.78 $ 18.00-55.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 73.30 $ 55.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 96.90 $ 69.00-145.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,219.59 $ 950.00-1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 879.98 $ 750.00-1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,804.50 $ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,441.90 $ 1,200.00-2,100.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 212.67 $ 179.20-325.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 139.00 $ 113.40-180.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,342.77 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.39 3.70-5.00

Prices in Phoenix, Arizona

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Last update: April 2019
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16 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Feb 04, 2019 :
Good town for the most part but please don't move here or encourage others to move here, it'll just make our situation worse. Also, please don't stay here during the winter, we call people who do that snowbirds, and snowbirds are generally hated. Please don't let us become another LA.
##ProAZ on Aug 22, 2018 :
The Valley of the Sun has brutal heat 5 months out of the year, traffic is getting worse, and a brown cloud. The other negative is people moving in with their liberal views and trying to turn things into another CA. As for racism, #LoveArizon, the only racist I see are the extreme left.
#LoveArizona on Aug 16, 2017 :
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LOL, what's up with all this hatred for Phoenix? I relocated from Tucson earlier this year and think it's a great city. Living as a citizen in the upper middle class may give me "warped" view, but seriously some the things on this page are ridiculous! Let me help!

Phoenix Pros:
- Low cost of living (at least that's what they tell me, but I'm in college full time making less than 20k a year- everything is expensive to me.) If you make more than that or even better HAVE JOINT INCOME, you should do swell!
- Updated highways make it easy to get across the city and make decent time. If you consider 30-45 minutes PEAK traffic through 20 miles bad- please move back to Montana
- Nice weather from October- Mid May
- Great Mexican food
- Most of the population is pretty friendly
- Beautiful sunsets and scenic landscapes
- Lots of shopping centers (if you're into that- if not avoid them)

Cons:
- Yes, it's hot as heck in summer- it's a DESERT
- Occasional dust storms/ minor to serious monsoon flooding depending on the area
- Traffic during peak hours 6-9 AM & 3-7 ish PM is bad, but bearable
- Big cities mean more people which equals some crime, but I've never bumped into a drug lord midday on the street or been kidnapped and sold into the sex trade (knocks on wood) so...
- Yes, some people here are racist- it is Trump's America (unfortunately), maybe you should have voted- but it's in no way comparable to how deplorable people are in the East/South
-Lacks culture
#Marie H on May 12, 2017 :
We're about to move from north Phoenix to tulsa Oklahoma. The cost of living has blown up in the last 8 to 10 years, the school are the worst. I end up spending most of my time basically home schooling my kids because I guess math isn't needed anymore since its not on one of the almost weekly standardized tests.

The police are very corrupt, some areas feel like Mexico and racism is rampant from all sides. No race comes out clean in Arizona. Do you have interracial kids? Dont move to Arizona. The whole place is so divided they will be rejected by everyone.

Traffic is insane and no one can drive. The I17 has fatalities all the time from drunks and wrong way drivers, avoid it at all costs.

The weather is horrible. You think you want sun, but not this much 300 days a year will look exactly the same and it will make you feel like nothing is moving forward.

Crime is getting out of control. I dont even feel comfortable with my kids out back alone anymore.

Arizona is basically just an extension of California now. If you have a family, look elsewhere, this is no place to raise kids
#SilentMajority on Aug 30, 2016 :
This comment is directed at #mic:
The population split in Arizona, according to the 2010 US Census, is Black: 4.4 percent, Indian: 4.9 percent, Asian: 2.6 percent, Hispanic: 30.8 percent, White: 57.3 percent. White (non-hispanics) are the majority. Now to make this comment more concise, I will only compare statistics between Hispanics and Whites. 43.3% of all robberies in Arizona are done by Hispanics, 31% by whites. 42.5% of rape is committed by Hispanics, 38% by whites. 38% of murders in Arizona are from Hispanics, and 39% by Whites. In 2 of the 3 categories listed, Hispanic crimes exceed white crimes though the population of Hispanics is almost half that of whites. The median income for Non-Hispanics in Arizona is $51,462 whereas the median income for Hispanics is roughly $36,023. The majority of the wealth generated in the state comes from whites and the majority of the crime in the state comes from Hispanics. There has been a noticeable trend of whites moving Southeast and Northwest to cities like Gilbert, Chandler, Awhutukee, Peoria, and Anthem. For this comment, we'll use Gilbert as an example. Gilbert houses a population of roughly 75% whites. In 2016, Gilbert has been ranked the 2nd safest city, with a population over 200,000, in the US. The median income in Gilbert is $85,187. If the whites in Arizona decided to "move to England" as you suggest, then you would see a huge decrease in state-generated wealth.
My main point to this comment is that everyone has a reason to complain, but when there are facts to back up your complaints, they seem more reasonable. You complain about people complaining about minorities, yet you tell us to "move to England." Your hypocrisy and lack of logical support makes you look stupid. I suggest YOU learn to live with the majority. If you can't, then try living in your "home-country" for a bit. Compare the population of your own kind to the current mixed population you're living with. Let me know which living situation is more pleasant.
#yosef on May 18, 2016 :
Zrcalo comments are dead on. Do not move here if you are less than upper middle class. this state is for the well to do
#T-Staxx on May 02, 2016 :
Man I love it here. Im looking to move to Goodyear. I live in Chicago and compared to this. Az is beautiful. Its a retirement place. Its not Vegas cubs every corner. Housing is cheap. People ar people. No matter where you go.
#Eddie Olea on Feb 25, 2016 :
This is a very good website, I'm new to Arizona and now know what to buy. Thanks ;)
#Bob on Feb 25, 2016 :
Hey, I just wanted to say thanks for the info it really helped me.
#Tad on Dec 04, 2015 :
Hi! Who can tell what the population in Phoenix in 2015? It only 2014 http://statindex.us/city/phoenix-population/
#oskar on Oct 02, 2015 :
Been living in Mesa for about 4 years. Moved from oregon. Mesa and Phoenix in general is super ugly, boring, full of rude people, expensive (food, housing, insurance, everything), full of Mexicans and that's not actually a problem; the problem is that they have invaded the valley with their food, music, culture and horrendous decorations. Here is super hot, I meant really un-liveable, also, that makes your electricity bill go up because of AC and makes youspend more money in gas. Also your car breaks faster because everything gets roasted: wheels, timing belt or any belt, battery, etc. Sorry guys but this is the truth about mesa and Phoenix in general . Think the online people that do well here are old retired Canadians and old people from the northern states that cannot take to mush cold and stay at home all day.
#heidihoe on Aug 06, 2015 :
hey folks
I moved to mesa 11 yrs ago from Texas. If you are thinking of moving to Mesa, it is growing very quickly. I would consider if I had children to look at Gilbert area or if you can afford Gold Canyon is awesome, along with the N. Side of town up by the McDowell mountains- really beautiful. Mesa is old. They are trying to revamp and have several big name companies moving in (Apple), which may bring a youth vibe to the place. San Tan Valley is growing but there are problems with sink holes there. If you must, look at new subdivisions in our area and remember to get a good home water filtration system. Crime is average here and there are areas of Mesa are bad for drugs including Country Club/southern all the way to 202, just West of the downtown area, apache junction I would say stay away from and all along Main St. on the right and left side. There are some nice homes near Brown Rd/Power and your backyard is so close to Cat Mountain and Four Peaks area.
#Mr Sir on Jul 16, 2015 :
Hot temperatures, lots of traffic, and lots of rude white, black, brown, yellow people. Combining all these populations under this heat, results in drama from everyone. Common sense.
#Dody 2.0 on Jul 15, 2015 :
I would say Arizona has great prices for almost everything. Living expenses can be a hit or miss, depending on your situation. With minorities being brought up quiet often, a lot of times you have no clue as to who the minority is here. Considering the crime is done by all races, I don't need to make an excuse and try and blame a single one. One moment you can see a lowrider causing trouble, then the next one can buy some douche on a sport bike or over-lifted truck. If you can deal with the typical road rage nuts and the hot temperatures, then the lower living expense may be worth it.
#cyndi on Jun 02, 2015 :
Living in Paducah,Ky. My fiance is in bad health. We are wanting to move around Phoenix to get closer to the mayo clinic. We both live on disability,we have family there but would like to know from others what it is like
#Dorian Joseph on May 06, 2015 :
To those thinking about relocating... Phoenix area is great. Places you might not want to live in is anything close to Indian school/ I17 and Thomas I17. Same goes for anything around the phx airport. I currently live in Phoenix, I love it. Been here about two years and it's not bad. Like any city it has violence but it's not as crazy as other places.