Cost of Living in San Antonio

Summary about cost of living in San Antonio:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $ 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.00 $ 28.00-55.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.62 $ 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.00 $ 3.75-6.50
Cappuccino (regular) 3.90 $ 2.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.76 $ 1.00-2.75
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.51 $ 0.99-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.13 $ 2.50-3.80
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.92 $ 1.00-2.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.10 $ 0.75-1.50
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.28 $ 1.50-3.25
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.00 $ 2.50-5.49
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.69 $ 1.99-3.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.83 $ 2.79-5.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.69 $ 1.00-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.54 $ 0.48-0.89
Oranges (1 lb) 1.24 $ 0.95-1.75
Tomato (1 lb) 1.27 $ 0.89-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.95 $ 0.88-1.00
Onion (1 lb) 0.93 $ 0.78-1.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.26 $ 1.00-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.52 $ 1.00-2.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.50 $ 10.00-18.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.25 $ 1.20-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.46 $ 2.00-6.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5.89 $ 5.65-7.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.30 $ 1.20-1.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 38.00 $ 35.00-40.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.45-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.80 $ 2.45-3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 24.00 $ 24.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.15 $ 1.98-2.49
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,250.00 $ 19,000.00-24,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,773.33 $ 17,000.00-26,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 135.19 $ 80.51-217.22
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 55.87 $ 45.00-79.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 31.48 $ 20.00-45.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9.25 $ 0.00-10.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.25 $ 8.50-14.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 825.00 $ 675.00-900.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,000.00 $ 18,000.00-18,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43.25 $ 25.00-65.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 30.25 $ 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 73.07 $ 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 92.33 $ 45.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 965.54 $ 737.50-1,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 764.73 $ 650.00-900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,882.35 $ 1,250.00-2,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,377.33 $ 1,200.00-1,700.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 129.26 $ 120.00-200.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 90.20 $ 75.00-130.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,030.12 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.12 3.75-5.45

Prices in San Antonio, Texas

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Last update: February 2018
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17 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Jan 24, 2017 :
I have a Diploma In Film Studies and have produced a couple of short films, can i get a Job in San Antonio as a video editor and a cinematographer?
#Otega on Jan 24, 2017 :
I want to move from Nigeria to San Antonio will I be Able to secure a Job there and How much do they pay per hour?
#Mary on Sep 04, 2016 :
We have been here for 2 harsh years. Both my husband and I are well educated. He is an Engineer and I am HR Assistant/Administrative Assistant by profession. I have had a handful of temp agency jobs since I got here with top rate pay of $15.00 an hour and currently unemployed. I have applied for every job you can think of but I can't get a job to save my life!!! Hubby got laid off in May from his job and he hasn't even had the opportunity of an interview. We are scraping at the bottom of the barrel and we'll on our way to penniless, homeless and broken thanks to this place. I feel that here you are just a number, no one cares and they want to work you to death if you give them a chance. They use temp agencies as a way to control cost your reward is a paycheck way below what you normally would expect. There is soooo many people here that if you don't take the job at what they offer their will be 100 more that will. People here to me seem to be all business, use you for what they can get and take more than what you are able to give. They are self centered, entitled and egotistical. Not sincer or genuine. Had I known it was going to be this way, I probably would not have come here especially since I had my house where I came from half way paid off. San Antonio is the mistress you don't EVER marry, she IS only their for looks and a good time.
#Victoria on Apr 04, 2016 :
Hello, my husband and I are looking to move to San Antonio from New Jersey we have a 14 year old son .
I run a cleaning service for residential and commercial properties also organizing for many years I would like to know if I do the same thing in San Antonio will I be busy and do people need service like that there? Thank you !
#Saul on Apr 04, 2016 :
Considering moving from Mexico to San Antonio, with a salary around 2,600.00 to 3,200.00 dollars per month, i want to know the viability for living there with my wife and two kids of elementary school.
Paying rent and public transportación.

Thanks in advance.

#Deb R on Oct 28, 2015 :
Considering a move to SA from Phoenix... Wondering about cost of electricity out there and call center/customer service jobs, as that is where my experience is. Also, does anyone know if there's any type of busses or shuttles that go to Corpus Christi on a regular basis and if so, prices? Many thanks!
#Zekria Jalali on Sep 07, 2015 :
I'm currently living in Kabul, Afghanistan and planning to move to the US. I have chosen San Antonio, TX as my resettlement destination. Will somebody tell me in which part of San Antonio can I find more Afghan Families, good job opportunities and Safe apartments to rent?


Zekria Jalali
#Seattle Indian on Jun 08, 2015 :

I am looking to relocate from Seattle to San Antonio. I have two elementary school age kids and have following three priorities:
1. Best schools for the kids education. Will prefer an area that gives best public elementary school, middle school and high school options. Ranking 10 is preferred but 9 is acceptable.
2. Safe and Secure residential community. Preferably gated but not necessary.
3. Indian neighborhood. With Indian grocery store(s) nearby and Families from Indian culture nearby.

I look forward to your advise on what are the best places/communities/neighborhood that fits by above three criteria?

Seattle Indian
#Sam on Jun 02, 2015 :
Mrs Richison
Nationwide main call center & offices are on the Northwest side. The best school district & some of the best neighborhoods are in the area. Sea World is right across the highway. Violent crime is low & property crimes & vehicle crimes are moderate. The city police & sheriff dept response times are very good in the area so it is very safe. A lot of shopping & restaurants in the area. Great city. You will enjoy it here.
#Marielle on May 28, 2015 :
We are two adults and have been living in SA for ten years now with under 50,000 a year.
We have been paying for 140,000 dollar 2175sq ft home mortgage in the NorthEast side of SA.
Here around Hwy 281 and loop 1604 we feel safe, stone oak area is good as well but prices
Have sky rocketed. Electric bill is around 200 a month but in the spring and fall it goes down because weather outside is pleasant. We do not
Eat out that much, which most people do. The same home is now going for about 170,000 so an increase of about 30000 from 10 years ago.
#Katie on Apr 28, 2015 :
I do not see why there would not be courthouse interpreting jobs--we have a lot of Spanish speakers in San Antonio. You might want to look online--maybe even call the courthouse and ask.

There are Nationwide insurance agencies all over San Antonio--it's a huge city. To be in a safer part of town move to the Northwest/North Central area.
#Eddie559 on Mar 31, 2015 :
I used to live in San Antonio I lived with a cousin of mine. I lived there in 2004. I've been back in fresno ca and I regret every day of it. I couldn't be with out my kids I barely made it one year. I've been reconsidering moving back. Cost of living is less than Calif. gas is also cheaper than ca. San Antonio is 2.03 a gal and we are 293 a gal. the company I work at pays a lot less then what I was just offered. I'm almost doubling my salary. My wife is hesitant because all her family is here. But we Californians have a lot to look forward to such as water shortages farmers going under coat of food, gas etc and more taxes.
#Mrs. Richison on Mar 09, 2015 :
I'm considering moving to San Antonio from Iowa I work for nationwide insurance what side of town is nationwide ins located at there in San Antonio and how is the crime there please help
#Janina Moe on Oct 20, 2014 :
I'm very interested in relocating to San Antonio. I am concerned however, because I would work as a State Licensed Court Interpreter in Spanish/English and have looked online and haven't been able to see any jobs like that. I'm coming from Orange County California. I'm tired of the people here, the rat race and the high cost of living, although I'm a native Californian. I've lived in Houston and Dallas before and I loved it. Please let me know if there are Interpreter jobs in the courthouses in San Antonio, if anyone knows please?
Thank you,
Janina Moe
#Martin W on Jun 15, 2014 :
I'm a native New Yorker living in San Antonio since 2006. Gotta say, best move I could've ever made. Overall cost of living is much lower than in other major metropolitan cities, especially the northeast. Unfortunately, because of the influx of out of towners, prices have steadily increased in the last couple of years. The job market is solid. Thanks to tax incentives and corporate low cost, plenty of companies have relocated to Texas; many to the Alamo city. As a comparison, I lived in a dungeon basement studio in Brooklyn and paid $900 monthly. Upon moving to SA, I leased a one Bdrm garden apartment for $600. Now, apartment rent prices will largely vary on the location like anywhere else. If you're considering moving here, I suggest visiting the city for a few days. There are parts of the city much less desirable. A lot of downtown is surrounded by poorer, crime ridden areas. The northeast, which was where I originally moved to, also has a lot of shady areas. In 2008, I moved in with my then girlfriend's 1100 sq ft house. (We're now married). Decent neighborhood in the NW SA. The home was worth $100k. We sold that home last year and purchased a much bigger 2400sq ft home for $220k. This home in NY would easy go for $400k. We're still living in the very popular NW side of town. Most out of towners are also finding themselves into this side of the city. Because of that, prices here are much higher when in other areas of the city. The same home we bought goes for $40k less in a neighborhood not more than 6-7 miles away. Anyway, the NW is a place to checkout first. If you're looking at downtown, a lot of new housing is being revitalized. Many areas are quickly becoming trendy and chic and with that, pricey. San Antonio is starting to go thru growing woes. Mainly traffic. Though if you're coming from very congested cities like I did, you'll won't really mind as much as it's still better than a lot of places. The good news is that San Antonio has apartments abound. I suggest renting for the 1st 6-12 months. This will give time to figure out what area of the city you'll like to settle in, especially if you're looking to buy a home. Lastly, you'll be in for a culture shock. SA is very different; a bit slow. Not always the prettiest city. But your dollar will do a lot further here. Lower taxes, lower insurance premiums, affordable housing, and a robust job market that is growing by the month. Overall, one of the best cities to move to in my humble opinion. Good luck everyone.
#Anonymous on Jun 09, 2014 :
I'm a man 21 years old I'm wondering if I should move to San Antonio tx but I'm not shure if I should I want to live downtown how much would that be for a 1 bedroom 1 bath
#Don on May 17, 2014 :
Looking to move to San Antiono area. I am a truck driver are there jobs. House prices??? Cost of living . Looking for a 2 bed room house.