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Los Angeles vs San Francisco
Lax vs Sfo

Average net salary (After tax)

San Francisco
Los Angeles

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Sfo
Lax
Outside city centre
Sfo
Lax

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Sfo
Lax
Outside city centre
Sfo
Lax

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Sfo
Lax
Outside city centre
Sfo
Lax

Mortgage rates

San Francisco
4.5%
Los Angeles
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

Electricity, heating, water, Garbage for a 85m2 Apartment

San Francisco
Los Angeles

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Sfo
Lax

Mobile phone data

One-minute local prepaid call (no plan or discount)

Sfo
Lax

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Sfo
Lax

Monthly pass

Regular price

Sfo
Lax

Fuel prices

Per Litre

San Francisco
Los Angeles

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Sfo
Lax
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

Milk 1L
Sfo
Lax
White bread 500g
Sfo
Lax
Eggs 12
Sfo
Lax
White rice 1kg
Sfo
Lax

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

San Francisco
Los Angeles

Meat & cheese

Chicken breasts 1kg
Sfo
Lax
Beef round 1kg
Sfo
Lax
Local cheese 1kg
Sfo
Lax

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Sfo
Lax
Lettuce 1 head
Sfo
Lax
Tomatoes 1kg
Sfo
Lax

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Sfo
Lax
Oranges 1 head
Sfo
Lax
Bananas 1kg
Sfo
Lax

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

Inexpensive restaurant 2 meals
Sfo $4,070.74/mth
Lax $4,070.74/mth
Mid-range restaurant Three-course meal for two people
Sfo $4,070.74/mth
Lax $4,070.74/mth

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

San Francisco
4.5%
Los Angeles
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in San Francisco are 17.14% higher than in Los Angeles

Drinks

Coke/Pepsi 0.33L
bottle
Sfo $4,070.74/mth
Lax $4,070.74/mth
Water 0.33L
bottle
Sfo $4,070.74/mth
Lax $4,070.74/mth
Cappuccino regular
Sfo $4,070.74/mth
Lax $4,070.74/mth

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Sfo
Lax
Market 0.5L bottle
Sfo
Lax

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Sfo
Lax
Market 0.33L bottle
Sfo
Lax

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

San Francisco
5
Los Angeles

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Sfo
Lax

Summer dress

From a chain store (e.g. Zara, H&M)

Sfo
Lax

Shoes

1 pair Nike shoes
Sfo
Lax
1 pair men's leather shoes
Sfo
Lax

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

San Francisco
$15.33
Los Angeles
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Sfo $4,070.74/mth
Lax $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Sfo $4,070.74/mth
Lax $4,070.74/mth