Cost of Living in Salt Lake City

Summary about cost of living in Salt Lake City, UT, United States:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $ 9.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 $ 40.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.50 $ 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 $ 4.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.50 $ 5.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.47 $ 3.50-6.90
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.71 $ 1.39-2.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.40 $ 1.00-2.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.53 $ 1.99-3.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.35 $ 1.50-3.59
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.37 $ 0.75-2.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.26 $ 0.98-3.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.10 $ 2.50-7.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.64 $ 1.20-7.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.82 $ 3.99-6.98
Apples (1 lb) 1.58 $ 0.89-2.99
Banana (1 lb) 0.60 $ 0.48-0.99
Oranges (1 lb) 1.17 $ 0.60-1.99
Tomato (1 lb) 1.43 $ 0.49-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.83 $ 0.20-1.50
Onion (1 lb) 0.96 $ 0.33-1.99
Lettuce (1 head) 1.37 $ 1.00-1.75
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.22 $ 1.25-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $ 9.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.22 $ 0.66-4.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.83 $ 1.50-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.00 $ 6.50-9.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.25-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 83.75 $ 75.00-100.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.85 $ 2.25-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.93 $ 2.20-5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 37.50 $ 33.75-55.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.46 $ 2.09-3.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,892.00 $ 18,000.00-24,610.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,029.57 $ 19,500.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 136.83 $ 85.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.17 $ 0.05-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 63.54 $ 50.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 30.45 $ 12.00-70.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 7.33 $ 5.00-8.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $ 9.00-14.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 795.62 $ 600.00-1,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 14,466.67 $ 10,000.00-19,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 42.83 $ 29.00-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.75 $ 25.00-48.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 73.35 $ 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 86.17 $ 50.00-120.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,290.55 $ 950.00-1,550.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 996.58 $ 800.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,028.26 $ 1,500.00-2,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,536.00 $ 1,200.00-2,100.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 757.03 $ 399.14-1,337.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 264.73 $ 256.57-282.71
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,929.54 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.79 2.75-4.50

Prices in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Last update: February 2021
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3 Comments so far
Anonymous on Oct 08, 2019:
Ok so you didn't do your research before you relocated and?
Anonymous PNW on Jul 19, 2018:
I moved to Salt Lake City from the Portland, Oregon metro area last October.

The rent I was paying when I left was $1850.00 for a newer (built in 2009) 2700 sqft house. Here I am paying $2100.00 for a much older (built in 1938) 1900 sqft house! $250 more for 800 sqft less space!

With the big swing in heat (summer) and cold (winter) my utilites are 25% higher than there.

Internet-only went from $50 to $100 dollars a month for the exact same service with the exact same provider (Comcast) That is a 100% increase in price!

As for food prices, I have seen a 25% increase in cost for the exact same items I was buying.

Gasoline is the only item that is lower.

Salt Lake City metro area housing is building a huge bubble that is due to burst like has happened in California and other larger metro areas in this country. Prices are rising at a fast pace leaving more and more people with few housing options. The Governor just asked for a special session of the legislation to address this problem and vote for building more low-income housing.

Here is the biggest hit of all: the rate of pay is significantly lower here for the exact same work provided.
Minimum wage in Utah is $7.25 and hour, in both Oregon and Washington the minimum is over $10.00 an hour.
Professional level jobs pay at the same low % rate against the Portland area.
If you are an engineer, you will leave a lot on the table to work here even with a lot of openings.
If you are a professional in other areas, you will struggle to make ends meet with the low pay/high expenses to live here as well.

So, if the cost to live here is 25% higher and the pay for work is significantly lower, living here is far more expensive than advertised.
Anonymous on Jan 07, 2018:
Moved from Denver, bought and sold in Park City, bought a place in Olympus Cove-ouch!!!!

Stronger beer, closer to the mountains, cool eateries and REALLY bad pollution, minus all the dude-bags moving to Denver to smoke (plenty of good available weed here, too). Cost of living is slightly better but not amazingly better in Salt Lake City.

SLC is a highly democratic city. Lots of tech and bio-tech. The music scene is not as solid as Denver’s but is fun