Cost of Living in San Diego

Summary about cost of living in San Diego, CA, United States:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75.00 $ 50.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.62 $ 8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 6.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.29 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.88 $ 1.00-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.69 $ 1.00-3.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.50 $ 2.70-4.89
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.31 $ 1.95-5.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.09 $ 0.99-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.14 $ 1.69-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.42 $ 3.50-8.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.50 $ 1.98-8.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.15 $ 3.99-10.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.94 $ 0.80-3.60
Banana (1 lb) 0.93 $ 0.59-2.98
Oranges (1 lb) 1.68 $ 0.69-4.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.02 $ 0.90-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.29 $ 0.40-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.17 $ 0.70-2.65
Lettuce (1 head) 1.70 $ 0.99-2.49
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.94 $ 1.00-3.19
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.50 $ 6.99-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.94 $ 1.43-4.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.33 $ 1.65-3.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 $ 8.00-15.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.50-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 72.00 $ 70.00-90.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.80 $ 2.75-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.90-4.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 25.00 $ 24.00-28.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.29 $ 2.89-3.89
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 $ 22,740.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,250.00 $ 19,925.00-26,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 136.83 $ 80.00-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.21 $ 0.10-0.35
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 61.74 $ 50.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 39.93 $ 20.00-66.67
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.17 $ 10.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.75 $ 12.00-20.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,113.00 $ 600.00-1,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,653.57 $ 12,000.00-30,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 54.41 $ 33.00-88.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 45.53 $ 23.00-63.79
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 79.76 $ 59.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 106.78 $ 65.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,223.80 $ 1,800.00-2,900.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,737.89 $ 1,500.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,698.45 $ 2,850.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,908.95 $ 2,500.00-3,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 613.76 $ 450.00-1,528.91
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 389.70 $ 325.00-501.67
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,147.14 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.85 3.00-4.50

Prices in San Diego, California

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Last update: March 2021
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1 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.