Cost of Living in Phoenix

Summary about cost of living in Phoenix:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 13.50 $ 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 $ 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) 4.37 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.68 $ 1.00-2.99
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.35 $ 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) 1.81 $ 0.85-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.14 $ 1.49-2.99
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.69 $ 2.49-6.99
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.92 $ 1.99-7.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.51 $ 3.49-8.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.28 $ 0.99-2.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.66 $ 0.50-0.99
Oranges (1 lb) 1.46 $ 0.99-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.41 $ 0.99-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.97 $ 0.50-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 0.91 $ 0.50-1.29
Lettuce (1 head) 1.14 $ 0.99-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.81 $ 1.25-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $ 8.99-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.43 $ 0.66-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.79 $ 2.00-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.81 $ 6.99-8.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $ 2.00-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 64.00 $ 50.00-65.22
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 2.75-4.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.25 $ 1.80-3.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.00 $ 20.00-36.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.89 $ 2.65-3.05
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,880.00 $ 20,000.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,659.33 $ 15,700.00-27,850.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 159.84 $ 100.00-260.00
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) 73.43 $ 50.00-99.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 29.48 $ 15.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 5.72 $ 0.00-15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 $ 8.50-12.50
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 634.71 $ 300.00-850.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 14,457.14 $ 7,800.00-18,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 44.74 $ 30.00-65.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 32.42 $ 15.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 73.89 $ 55.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 93.30 $ 65.00-130.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,199.46 $ 900.00-1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 850.68 $ 700.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,783.81 $ 1,500.00-2,650.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,410.48 $ 1,200.00-2,100.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 208.84 $ 171.00-325.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 139.12 $ 113.40-180.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,305.16 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.36 3.55-5.00

Prices in Phoenix, Arizona

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Last update: February 2019
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24 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)

- 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
#Martine Estrada on Apr 04, 2017 :
(ONE), I was borne in San Diego, CA. And I moved to Phoenix, AZ -- BIG MISTAKE!!! The Police are CORRUPT, (MOST, not all!), the judges are WORSE!! This "STATE of CONFUSION" belongs between Alabama and Mississippi!! These "RED-NECKS" HATE Californians, but the highway patrol LOVE to give out tickets to Californians!! There are "TRAPS" to catch anyone who travels More than 65-70 miles a hour, in 65-mph zones!
Coming into a small towns-- from OFF the highways, the speed limits drops from 65 mph to 35 mph!!! And guess WHO'S waiting for you??? --> HIDDING TO "BUSH-WACK" YOU!!! One such BASTARD stole $200.00 dollars, my gift to buy my grandson his birthday bike! (Who lived in Phonex). I filed a complain at the headquarters in Goodyear, they told me: "That this only happens in Mexico"! "And how do we know you had $200.00 in your wallet? I showed the "Ass-hole" my recipe from the bank-withdrawal from my bank which had the "time STAMPED on the withdrawal of the $200.00." And the time against the ticket written was "Exactly 6-hours" my starting point in San Diego, CA. Arriving at Buckeye, traveling at 65-mph (more or less). (TWO) I was crossing a street in Mesa, AZ. I am a long distance runner. There is a high school with a dirt-running track, which I run. One day I am waiting for the light to change, there at the corner, with me were 3-high school girls talking and not paying attention to the changing of the light. When the light changed I went across the road. I was in the cross walk! When this man came directly at me in the crosswalk!! I immediately jumped backwards out of the car's wheels!!! Then the young "WHITE man" laughed at me . . . as he sped pass me. I spit at his auto, hitting the back window. He slowed down and turned around and came at me with the car. I RAN at his car, as he got out. I did not know if he had a gun or a knife, or a razor, or brass knuckles. So when he opened the car door, I BEAT THE HELL out of him!! Then I waited about 45-minutes for a cop to come to arrest him for ATTEMPTED MURDER, or RECKLESS DRIVING, but when the police finally arrived, they arrested me, and took me off to jail . . . (?) When I saw the judge--Allen, I told him the story . . . He answered my story by saying: "When the man came out of his car, YOU SHOULD HAVE RAN THE OTHER WAY!" "WHAT???" I countered. "This guy came after me with a "BULLET ON WHEELS!!" I was fined "$1,300.00 dollars for the blood on his CHEAP clothes and tie. And now have ASSULT and BATTERY on my RECORD!!! This is a "RACIST/CORRUPT-STATE"!!!! You have been WARNED!
#HDN on Feb 03, 2017 :
There is so much hate on this thread. For goodness sakes, just leave some helpful comments so we can all determine if we want to move to AZ or not!
#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.
#mic on Jun 27, 2016 :
It is 100% clear that the true trouble makers of mesa, AND ALL of arizona are the racist white people. look at the comments! this is sad. they are stating the mexicans are "invading" and decorating in their culture. I'm sorry...when was Arizona or any of the surrounding states, NON mexican? it was mexico in the first place, and then a line was drawn in the middle. the PEOPLE however, remained. Regarding crime? and blaming it on minorities? once again, it is clear white people are the problem, looking at others as "rude", but theiur hateful comments and views of people are NOT rude. I think the man that is looking at the other man as "dirty" and "invading" is the rude one. I for one would ENJOY the foods, and styles of other countures. for the usa is a melting pot, NOT an assimilation pot. LEARN TO LIKE OTHER PEOPLE's WAYS and life will be better for you people. LEARN HOW TO LIVE WITH NON WHITE PEOPLE and the world is a better place. It is my true hope that you whites who take issue with Minorities, and "see" minorities and comment about them being "too many" in an area? I truly hope you people move to england somewhere. right now the LGBT people are clammering about rights and all that mess. Well then....I wonder how many of you are pro LGBT but yet talk crazy about races! I bet you its quite a few of you.
#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 :
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#Tad on Dec 04, 2015 :
Hi! Who can tell what the population in Phoenix in 2015? It only 2014
#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.
#Debbie on Mar 17, 2015 :
I want to get away from Mississippi where there is so much violence and ignorance. No one works here and everyone is on welfare.
#sala on Mar 14, 2015 :
Good Day to every one .
i live in sweden but i want to buy house in Mesa AZ and move thier so can ay one advise me to move or not ? i have to child 5-9 years so what you think please tell me -
Kind regards
#Dody Koky on Mar 02, 2015 :
I was born and i grow up in tokyo i moved to arizona june 2014 now im really regret what i did :)arizona it's really borring city every where i go i feel my self im like in mexico!! Im not racist but to much latin they living here bad manner and sotimes i feel like arizona more expensive than tokyo if i have chance i really want to go back to my country :(
#Zrcalo on Feb 24, 2015 :
I've been living in mesa/phoenix for 26 years.

Here's the pros and cons:

1)SUPER SUPER SUPER CHEAP CHEAP RENT EVERYWHERE. I've been able to consistently find rent thats $550 a month for two bedrooms avg 700sq ft. Sometimes I've been able to see a studio go for $250 a month. just look up cheap areas on zillow.

2) very very inexpensive to live in phoenix. Great thrift stores. Cheap produce.

3) people are very tolerant and friendly. very accepting and willing to help each other. Great place to socialize.

Now the CONS.

1) ridiculously hot weather (110 degrees+ for about three months.) hot temperature begins in may and ends at the end of october (sometimes) It makes it impossible to go outside, and absolutely destroys things that are outdoors. Make sure to never keep your pets outside during these months!

2) minority and drug related violence. LOTS of this. I've lived in the ghettos, and they arent as bad as one would think.. but I'm white so people generally leave me alone. I'd stay away from areas like this if you're a minority.

3) trashy trashy trashy filthy filthy ugly ugly city. very LOUD too.

4)evil corrupt government that stifles business owners, people on disability, and generally anyone who's poor. If you're disabled, please dont live here. They're more likely to take away your benefits and give you medical headaches. also poor poor medical institutions here. Also if you want to start a business? forget it!
#mary on Feb 19, 2015 :
thinking about moveing to arizona wanting to live in or next to the dessert, im 58 years old have never been out of illinois want to be where the weather has NO snow,im on disability need to find a cheap 1 bedroom and would like to have a dog is there anything thereclose to stores is any thing cheap.