Cost of Living in San Diego

Summary about cost of living in San Diego:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 55.00 $ 48.00-75.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.50 $ 6.00-9.50
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 5.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.42 $ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.95 $ 1.25-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.54 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.49 $ 2.99-4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.15 $ 2.00-4.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.83 $ 0.99-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.41 $ 2.00-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.48 $ 4.00-7.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.34 $ 2.50-8.80
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.29 $ 3.99-8.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.66 $ 1.00-2.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.75 $ 0.50-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.05 $ 0.75-1.77
Tomato (1 lb) 1.79 $ 0.99-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.93 $ 0.50-1.50
Onion (1 lb) 0.95 $ 0.50-1.30
Lettuce (1 head) 1.33 $ 0.75-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.69 $ 1.00-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $ 10.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.97 $ 1.49-2.86
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.40 $ 1.80-3.99
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.00 $ 8.00-9.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.25-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 72.00 $ 72.00-80.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.80 $ 2.50-3.66
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.50-4.95
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 24.50 $ 24.00-29.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.75 $ 3.35-4.05
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,000.00 $ 21,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,533.48 $ 18,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 130.28 $ 75.00-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.18 $ 0.10-0.35
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 62.75 $ 45.00-89.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 37.02 $ 25.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.33 $ 10.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 $ 12.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,071.48 $ 600.00-1,450.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,233.33 $ 6,000.00-30,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 49.09 $ 30.00-75.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.58 $ 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 78.03 $ 59.99-110.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 116.96 $ 75.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,049.01 $ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,623.33 $ 1,300.00-1,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,551.61 $ 2,700.00-4,562.50
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,693.62 $ 2,100.00-3,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 547.79 $ 400.00-699.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 371.75 $ 300.00-450.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,654.56 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.10 3.70-4.50

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Last update: October 2019
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9 Comments so far

#marcus113 on May 30, 2019 :
A lot of the above numbers are off especially on food where its much cheaper here in San Diego than mos of the US due to be in proximity of Mexico.

For example, potatoes are around $0.50/lb at practically every walmart in the entire county. Tomatoes are always around $1/lb. I havent seen $1.78 for tomatoes in more than a decade unless you only buy organic stuff at expensive retailers.

The variance band is always way off. For example, its very common to get tomatoes at $0.50/lb in the farmers markets and at the plethora of hispanic, asian and middle eastern markets all over the county. Brown potatoes are usually $0.20/lb and sometimes go down as low as $0.10/lb during the right season.

All the numbers are off, here are some real numbers if you go to a store right now:

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant $7.00 $5.00-$10.00 (tons of options)

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) $2.00 (walmart) $0.90-$4.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) $1.00 (costco/walmart) $0.50-$2.00
Eggs (regular) (12) $2.50 $0.50-$4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) $2.75 (costco/walmart) $2.50-$7.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) $2.50 (costco/walmart) $1.50-$4.00 (foreign markets)
Beef Round (1 lb) (Red Meat) $2.50 (foreign markets) $2.00-$6.00
Tomato (1 lb) $1.00 $0.50-$3.00 (foreign markets)
Potato (1 lb) $0.50 $0.10-$1.00 (foreign markets)
Onion (1 lb) $0.92 $0.20-$1.50 (red onion double)
Lettuce (1 head) $1.00 (costco/walmart) $0.50-$1.50 (foreign markets)
Water (1.5 liter bottle) $1.00 (costco/walmart) $0.75-$2.49
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) $5.00 (costo/traderJoe) $4.00-$15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) $1.00 (costco/walmart) $1.00-$3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) $1.25 (costco/walrmart) $0.75-$2.00

Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $15.00 (Chuze/Crunch) $10-$50 (tons of options)

1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) $30.00 (costco/walmart) $20.00-$100
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store $20.00 (ross,khols) $10.00-$60
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) $25.00 (costco) $15-$150
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes $25.00 (costco/ross) $20-$200

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre $1,974.61 $1,600-3,000
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre $1000.00 $700-$1900
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre $3,443.75 $2,600.00-$5,000
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre $2200.00 $1,600-$5,000

Price per Square Feet to Buy in City Centre $550.93 $300-$900
Price per Square Feet to Buy Outside of Centre $250 $150-$900

Again, the above numbers are current as of the day I wrote this. Note I am a real estate guy so I am sure about the real estate numbers.
#Danilo on Dec 21, 2016 :
#Christopher with that 90k you can buy a Subway franchise here in Brazil and make 6k net revenue.
#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?