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Cost of Living in Santa Barbara

Summary about cost of living in Santa Barbara:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.50 $ 14.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 $ 50.00-85.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 7.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 5.00-6.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7.50 $ 6.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.60 $ 3.75-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.97 $ 1.00-2.99
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.62 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.94 $ 3.00-5.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.46 $ 1.65-3.49
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.46 $ 1.50-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.63 $ 3.00-5.95
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.75 $ 5.00-6.50
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.33 $ 3.00-6.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.75 $ 4.00-8.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.79 $ 1.00-2.49
Banana (1 lb) 0.89 $ 0.59-1.24
Oranges (1 lb) 1.00 $ 0.99-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.65 $ 1.00-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.00 $ 0.60-1.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.25 $ 1.00-1.50
Lettuce (1 head) 1.83 $ 1.00-2.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.05 $ 1.00-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 $ 10.00-19.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.67 $ 1.00-2.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.38 $ 1.50-3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.50 $ 5.00-8.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.75 $ 1.75-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 52.00 $ 52.00-52.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.88 $ 2.75-3.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.25 $ 3.00-3.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 32.50 $ 25.00-40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.91 $ 2.67-3.16
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,250.00 $ 20,000.00-21,500.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 15,000.00 $
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 128.62 $ 75.00-225.00
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) 62.53 $ 40.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 67.50 $ 55.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.00 $ 15.00-15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 $ 9.00-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,450.00 $ 1,100.00-1,800.00
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) 48.57 $ 35.00-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.66 $ 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 87.56 $ 75.00-109.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 114.75 $ 99.00-135.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,846.67 $ 1,550.00-2,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,550.00 $ 1,300.00-1,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,600.00 $ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,236.36 $ 2,700.00-3,600.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 809.77 $ 804.14-849.42
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 603.71 $ 550.00-702.99
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,030.56 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate 4.09 3.75-5.00

Prices in Santa Barbara, California

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Last update: December 2017
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6 Comments so far

#MVC on Oct 18, 2017 :
These prices are accurate. I've lived in SB off and on for the last 8 years and, if you make less than the average noted, and are single, you rent a room in a subdivided house or apartment, paying anywhere from $600 to $1000 for it. Beer that costs $5 in L.A. costs $7-8 here.
#AB on Apr 23, 2016 :
Prices here are pretty spot on.
I own a downtown house, 2Bed, and rent it out for almost $4,000.
As well, I have a one bedroom house (converted barn) also downtown, and it will rent for nearly $2500.
If two go out to eat at a descent place, $50.
But the average income in SB is low, as there are many Section8 people (gov assisted) and tonsss of retires, so it throws off the average.
Those who live here and work are most likely either gov employees and commute into the city as they pull $50K, not enough to live in SB, or they are doctors / lawyers / developers etc, and make massive money.
It is a super super rich town, but it's worth it, as the mountains and beaches etc are just gorgeous, as is the walk everywhere lifestyle.
- AB in SB
#Dan M on Mar 09, 2016 :
one bed apt is now at 1700. at least water and trash is included.
#Santabarbarian on Oct 23, 2015 :
@VGV: It's pretty accurate. If you are alone and make the average you rent a room for $700 t0 $900 monthly, that's how you live here. And you can't retire here on an average SS pension.
#VGV on Jun 14, 2015 :
One bedroom average rent in SB right now is $1500. How can you live here for this average monthly income? and how it is calculated - adding students and executives all together?
I don't believe this data is accurate? You can't retire for this money, it is only for young kids to make some 3-5 years experience and start at around 50k and then move to LA or SF to live life.
#Serge on Dec 14, 2013 :
@nate: not sure what the average income is, but from my experience with a low salary, you have to be pretty frugal to live here. I make $40k a year, my wife doesn't work and we have a one year son. We have an old vehicle which is paid off but rarely drive anywhere (walk pretty much everywhere). With all that said, we live right off lower state street and love it. We pay about $1800 on rent and utilities which leaves us about $1200 for everything else... Plenty if you good with money.