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Cost of Living in Salt Lake City

Summary about cost of living in Salt Lake City:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $ 8.50-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 $ 35.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 5.50-8.99
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 $ 3.00-6.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.00 $ 3.78-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.82 $ 2.79-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.58 $ 1.25-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.36 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.63 $ 2.00-3.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.15 $ 1.50-2.79
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.36 $ 0.85-2.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.69 $ 1.00-2.79
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.23 $ 3.49-8.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.46 $ 2.19-5.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.47 $ 3.50-6.25
Apples (1 lb) 1.68 $ 0.99-2.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.59 $ 0.52-0.79
Oranges (1 lb) 1.38 $ 0.99-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.27 $ 0.99-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.64 $ 0.30-1.00
Onion (1 lb) 0.84 $ 0.65-1.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.38 $ 1.00-2.59
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.47 $ 1.00-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.77 $ 0.66-2.75
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.60 $ 1.80-3.69
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.12 $ 5.99-7.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.50-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 83.75 $ 70.00-90.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.50-5.25
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.85 $ 2.50-3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 37.50 $ 30.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.87 $ 2.41-3.20
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,895.00 $ 17,635.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,016.62 $ 18,000.00-22,500.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 126.81 $ 80.00-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.11
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 59.71 $ 49.00-89.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 25.50 $ 10.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9.67 $ 5.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.62 $ 8.50-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 776.04 $ 550.00-1,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,480.00 $ 9,000.00-18,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 48.22 $ 30.00-69.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 40.44 $ 23.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 71.74 $ 50.00-99.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 84.95 $ 60.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,204.76 $ 900.00-1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 886.00 $ 700.00-1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,910.53 $ 1,400.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,455.26 $ 1,200.00-1,800.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 274.82 $ 175.00-341.33
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 153.74 $ 115.00-200.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,305.35 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.17 3.65-4.54

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Last update: October 2018
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14 Comments so far

#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
#Anonymous on Oct 20, 2016 :
We must moved from Denver here last year. It's more beautiful, closer to the mountains. However, based off our calculations it's only about 13% less expensive overall to live here. And the traffic is getting really bad, too.

Tons of "locals" who moved here five years ago (much like Colorado). Still, despite some annoyances, it's a somewhat affordable state to live in-our Floridian neighbor just sold their house and moved back to Tampa claiming the cost of living was too high. Maybe the could have sold their Land Rover?
#J on Oct 20, 2016 :
Sorry #Anne nobody wants to live in South Jordan. There is a reason for the cheap pricing.

1650-3k for a decent apartment.

Home prices on the east bench 550ish-...well, there's one listed for 27 million plus currently. I'd say it's around 600ish (going to need A LOTwork) to about 5 mill.

Park City has been ruined. Way overrated and not enough going on besides killer mountain biking and so-so snowboarding. Everyone from crappy places like Connecticut, Illinois and Ohio love it... but look at where they came from.

And Utah now brews some of the strongest beer in the nation. It's easy to get drinks here, as well as other things.
#Anne on Sep 27, 2016 :
Housing and employment in Utah are fab. I got a home from http://www.drhorton.com/Utah/Salt-Lake-City/South%20Jordan/Rushton-Meadows.aspx and it amazing! and i landed a killer job at a big booming company. pay is based on living needs not on national pay. so if your moving from a big city say NY you will make a lower amount in UT but that is because cost of living in UT is much lower. Your welcome
#Tom Thompson on Mar 17, 2016 :
enjoy your stay in Utah while you whittle away your savings to survive here.
#GMS on Mar 17, 2016 :
Carla,

The working class for the most part in the greater Park City area can not afford vacations similar to the one that you just took here. Typical resort wages do not provide for much extra. We are great that so many living in these congested, expensive cities across the country can still afford vacations to places such as Park City. We hope that you come back soon and we are glad you enjoy it here.
#Carla on Mar 13, 2016 :
I'm from NJ and have visited family in Utah. Who ever complains about Utah being expensive has no idea. NJ is raping everybody with rent and property taxes. It's unbelievable how expensive it is to live out here. A shitty one bedroom with no utilites in included is $1200 and a nice updated one bdrm with pool and gym and all the amenities is up in the $2000 range. A avarage 2-3 ndrm house, you're paying 10 grand in property taxes. Smh. And because of that reason I'm relocating to Utah. I have saved a good chunk of money. Btw yes in NJ the salary is more but it's not that much more.
#twtx59@gmail.com on Feb 07, 2016 :
So, I notice the last post was 2015. The first is in 2013. Do not pay attention to 2013. Rent to income ratios are completely out of sync. I live in the midvalley, not nice, not terrible, and my baseline rent is over $900, and with trash, water, sewer, bill fee, etc, it is $957 a month. It is 2 br 2 ba but less than 900 square feet. NOW,,,in this same complex, the 1 bedrooms are almost $800 base rent. I lived there too and then decided screw it and I will pay a little more. They are only 500+ sq ft. This is probably average to below average. If you choose to live in the hood of West Valley, your rent is going to be the same. If you go to Rose Park (DO NOT!!!) then you might pay less, but you will probably get shot. If you want to live downtown or near the University of Utah, forgetaboutit! Rent is ridiculous. You WILL need to have roommates. There is nothing. The housekeeper at my work who is so poor and her and her husband work still have to pay $700 for a craphole. Salaries are great for the overeducated...so they tell me. Nurses, doctors, etc. However, for the average chick/dude who is a secretary, server, works in retail, etc., you will make shizzle. Don't even come here unless you have at least a bachelors, and preferably a masters, and it is best if it is in the medical or financial industries. Believe it all or not. I've been here a while.
#Jason on Dec 28, 2015 :
I moved to SLC a few years back with 2k, and made it work just fine... but there is some luck in that (found a job fast, didn't need to get any certifications, etc.)

To anyone considering moving to SLC - if you are looking for a killer night life, look elsewhere. With the presence of the church and the old liquor laws, it should be pretty obvious that this is not the place you'll get that. However, if you want incredible views, loads of mountain biking, climbing, hiking, camping, etc all within a few minutes of the city, than this is the place to be. It's hilarious that anyone would recommend coming here or not without asking if you're interested in the main things the area has to offer.
#miya on Jan 06, 2015 :
this website sucks and is no help to me thank you
#Swarley on Dec 29, 2014 :
Andrew,
I moved from Texas to Salt Lake with only $4000. If you are going to wait tables here in SLC, you need to go online and get a food handlers permit and alcohol server's permit. Total cost is about $60 if I remember, but you can't wait tables or anything here without them.

This is the first time in my life to have roommates. The apartments aren't higher, there are just not a lot of nice ones for a decent price. They tend to be run down and cheap or high end/expensive. Jobs here DO NOT pay well. My 2nd job here paid $8/hr less than the same job I had in DFW. So while I save in some areas (utilities are way way cheaper here than Dallas.), the horrific wages offset any savings you get from cheaper anemities.
There is a lousy night life here and with the ridiculous alcohol laws, going out drinking is expensive. That's probably the biggest topic of discussion I have with other transplants. I've lived in Dallas, Los angeles, Chicago, etc but because they have meters on the liquor, you'll never get a heavy pour and if you want more than a 1oz shot in your cocktail, you have to ask (they can't give you more than 1.5) and you will pay extra. The only place I've ever lived where you could spend $50 on yourself and not get a buzz. It sucks.
Don't move here Andrew. SLC is improving, but it's still got a ways to go before it sheds the antiquated liquor laws and other religious impairments.
#Anonymous on Nov 14, 2014 :
$0.00 for a tennis court rental is that in Salt Lake and surrounding areas, I have never once had to rent a tennis court. All outdoor courts are all open public access and you just go and play tennis. An indoor court at a fitness club would almost certainly be included in a membership fee, but if I did not have a membership it would probably cost about $8-10 to rent for an hour.
#Andrew. on Nov 11, 2014 :
I wanted to ask if anyone could provide deeper Information.
I'm a person from Texas working my way as a waiter in 2years worth of money wanting to Live in Utah. So far I have 8,000 dollars. Any locals wanting to shine more light on me.