Cost of Living in San Diego

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 77.15
Rent Index: 60.77
Groceries Index: 77.27
Restaurants Index: 75.27
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 69.40
Local Purchasing Power: 122.51
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 13.00 $ 10.00-18.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 55.00 $ 45.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 5.50-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 $ 4.00-6.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7.00 $ 6.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.80 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.51 $ 1.00-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.32 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.62 $ 2.95-4.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.73 $ 1.36-3.98
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.90 $ 0.79-3.00
Eggs (12) 3.92 $ 3.00-4.95
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.83 $ 3.75-8.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.28 $ 2.99-6.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.61 $ 3.99-8.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.78 $ 1.00-2.50
Banana (1 lb) 0.90 $ 0.69-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.33 $ 0.91-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.46 $ 1.00-1.99
Potato (1 lb) 1.55 $ 0.99-2.50
Onion (1 lb) 1.24 $ 1.00-1.80
Lettuce (1 head) 1.63 $ 1.00-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.28 $ 1.50-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $ 9.00-16.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.17 $ 1.50-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.00 $ 4.00-4.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.50 $ 5.75-7.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.25-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 72.00 $ 60.00-80.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.90 $ 2.50-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 3.00-4.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 24.50 $ 24.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.88 $ 2.59-3.25
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 $ 20,000.00-25,877.68
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,793.80 $ 17,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 112.26 $ 70.00-175.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.10
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 52.12 $ 40.00-70.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 35.01 $ 25.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.94 $ 10.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.50 $ 11.00-15.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 44.20 $ 35.00-50.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.90 $ 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 77.81 $ 65.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 107.09 $ 80.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,769.12 $ 1,300.00-2,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,341.58 $ 1,100.00-1,650.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,876.40 $ 2,300.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,372.54 $ 1,910.00-2,700.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 468.78 $ 400.00-540.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 291.06 $ 256.52-325.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 3,317.26 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.96 3.62-4.25

Prices in San Diego, California, United States

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Last update: October, 2016
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Cost of living in San Diego is 22.85% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 868.12$ and for four person family at 3,162.39$ (without rent).
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14 Comments so far

#Mom on Sep 19, 2016 :
Rents vary wildly depending on the part of town you live in. If you go to the less desirable parts of town, you can get a one-bedroom apartment (bedroom, sitting room, kitchen, usually all separate) for $800 - $1,000 per month. (Unfortunately, the crime rate tends to be higher in these areas, so it's a trade-off.) Some landlords follow the code of not allowing more than one person per room - so if you rent a one-room place, only you can live there. If you have two rooms, two, three rooms, three, etc. In the "better" parts of town a landlord may require that you earn three times the monthly rent before they will offer you a lease. (Almost all apartments require a lease for a set period of time. Legally, they can ask you for one month's rent as a deposit, or a separate deposit, but not both. There are strict regulations about how much of your deposit a landlord may keep after you leave, if they do keep any. What they do with your money in the meantime is up to them.) Note that if you are more than a few miles from the ocean, you may need air conditioning, as it does get very hot in the summers, inland. Many of these lower-rent apartments do not have an air conditioning unit installed. You will typically pay part of the utilities - the landlord (more often than not) pays for water and sewerage, and you will pay for electric and (if installed) natural gas. If you do need air conditioning, it can add from $100 to $300 (starters) to your monthly budget, depending on how much you use it. Anonymous's budget, below, looks generally appropriate, although if you cook at home you can eat nicely (a single person) on $300 if you do not buy a lot of pre-packaged food. (Fresh vegetables are plentiful and usually inexpensive, year-round.) A bus/trolly pass costs about $80 a month. As long as your place of employment and home are accessible by bus you can use public transportation. Be aware that the p.t. network in San Diego is not as extensive as might be hoped, and that service is greatly reduced on weekends, holidays, and overnight there may be none. If you already have a car, figure in an every-other-year smog check (which the car must pass to be legal to drive on the roads) and maintenance, which can be pricey. Car insurance can also be expensive, depending on your age, your driving history, and the type of car you drive. Part-time jobs are plentiful here now, but may not provide much stability, probably do not have any benefits attached (retirement, health insurance, etc.), and there is lot of competition. It's also a military town, so there are a lot of Marines and sailors who are holding down second jobs to make ends meet, and there are two major (30,000 students each) and several minor universities in town - also adding to the pool of low-wage workers. If you are a professional person, or work in bio-tech, apparently those sectors are doing well here now as well.If you have a trade, that's good, too. Best of luck!
#Anonymous on Jul 25, 2016 :
I will say minimum cash required for individual will be

1100-2000 for rent depending on location for 1 bed apartment. Cheaper for shared apartments
250 for Transport
400-500 for food
100 for utility per month
#Tijereta on May 29, 2016 :
im 24, i hace two roomates. we were wondering how are the jobs in San Diego and how much a two room apartamento would cost
#Micheal Cabot on Apr 28, 2016 :
Can someone manage 10.000$ to start and move to California unemployed for a year? Is it cheaper to live in other parts of the state?
#Justin on Feb 06, 2016 :
#SS: part time jobs like that are very easy to get in San Diego. You can expect to start at around $10 per hour.
#SS on Dec 06, 2015 :
Hi, I am from India, I am a student and am looking for a part time job, may be 2 jobs so that i can work 10 to 15 hours per day, is it possible for me to find a job like that ? and what would be the minimum wage per hour that i can expect ? the location would be san diego.
#Christopher on Oct 20, 2015 :
Hello, how far will 90k go for a single person innsan Diego?
#Dwayne on Sep 26, 2015 :
I'd like someone to send me some info about renting in the 55+ community areas. Please send to
#C on Aug 29, 2015 :
For people that are above 55+, there are some really nice senior communities that requires at least one person on the lease be 55 or some similar rules. The rental price or actual buying prices of these homes are really low compared to the other homes here in SD, so if you're moving to SD you really need to look at that first.
#Beka on Aug 28, 2015 :
I am single, 63, female, moving from east coast to San Diego. Does the city have any special provisions for senior citizens?
#Hoss harb on Jul 16, 2015 :
Please an advise
I am 54 years Ovid,family of 2 kids &teenager girl ready for high school.
How much income is needed to live in San deigo.
#Pat on Jul 09, 2015 :
You'd have to live in one of the outer suburbs and things will be tight, but its doable. A roommate would give you a lot more breathing room.
#Kim on Mar 29, 2015 :
MAYBE, but that is only if you are sharing housing costs with someone. I have barely made it with 40k for years while single, so if you had a roomie you could make it though not in luxoury.
#SD on Mar 16, 2015 :
Hi, is one person can manage with 35 K a year in San Diego? thanks.