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 17.00 $ 11.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 72.50 $ 50.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.25 $ 7.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 5.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 $ 6.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.81 $ 3.00-8.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.16 $ 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.85 $ 1.50-3.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.14 $ 2.09-4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.71 $ 1.50-4.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.49 $ 0.75-2.15
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.89 $ 2.00-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.80 $ 2.99-7.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.96 $ 1.99-6.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.79 $ 4.00-8.98
Apples (1 lb) 1.77 $ 1.00-2.49
Banana (1 lb) 0.59 $ 0.49-0.79
Oranges (1 lb) 1.33 $ 0.65-3.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.30 $ 0.40-1.99
Potato (1 lb) 0.72 $ 0.40-1.50
Onion (1 lb) 0.89 $ 0.56-1.25
Lettuce (1 head) 1.74 $ 1.39-1.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.95 $ 1.25-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 9.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.21 $ 1.00-4.27
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.43 $ 1.40-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.00 $ 7.49-9.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.25-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 85.00 $ 65.00-99.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.85 $ 2.25-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.70 $ 2.20-3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 37.50 $ 33.75-55.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.63 $ 3.39-5.10
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,195.00 $ 22,500.00-34,999.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,156.75 $ 20,500.00-35,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 124.78 $ 70.00-220.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.20 $ 0.05-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 57.65 $ 40.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 31.67 $ 19.99-45.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9.57 $ 5.00-8.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $ 9.50-14.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 871.50 $ 600.00-1,136.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 12,666.67 $ 9,000.00-19,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 44.82 $ 25.00-75.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.33 $ 25.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 73.50 $ 40.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 114.88 $ 70.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,547.29 $ 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,256.76 $ 1,100.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,741.77 $ 2,200.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,062.83 $ 1,775.00-2,600.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 617.77 $ 300.00-1,337.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 247.81 $ 225.00-280.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,311.19 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.04 3.46-5.43

Prices in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Last update: June 2022
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2 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.