Cost of Living San Diego 【Monthly 2023】 – DATAROMA

The Average cost of living in San Diego is $4500

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We use a US average of 100 to calculate our cost of living indexes. Anything below 100 indicates San Diego is more affordable than the US average. Whereas San Diego is more expensive than the US average because the cost of living index is above 100.

Cost of living in San Diego 2022

Cost of LivingSan DiegoCaliforniaUSA
  Median Home Cost$812,100$684,800$291,700
If you want to live in San Diego, you should be willing to spend a lot of money. While California might be home to some expensive cities, San Diego is even more expensive, 11.3% more to be exact.
The rent of a 1 bedroom apartment is an incredible $2200, not including the $140 for utilities. Which is almost half of the average monthly salary, $5,436.47. The other half would be utilized for your transportation and food. So comfortably living in San Diego is going to be difficult. 

Cost of living in San Diego Detailed

Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage)140.28 $75.00225.00
Local Prepaid Mobile Tariff0.21 $0.100.25
Internet65.35 $50.0083.00
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Jeans50.66 $25.0080.00
Summer Dress44.50 $20.0070.00
Pair of Nike Running Shoes78.71 $50.00100.00
Pair of Men’s Leather Shoes105.61 $65.00120.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in the middle of the city2,223.24 $1,700.003,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of the city1,755.48 $1,500.002,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in the middle of the city3,753.29 $3,000.005,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of the city2,971.47 $2,500.004,000.00
Apartment Price
Price / Square Meter in City9,279.92 $5,381.9616,457.15
Price / Square Meter Outside4,624.37 $4,036.476,458.35
Salaries & Financing
Average Monthly Salary5,436.47 $
Mortgage Interest Rate (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate3.452.754.14

Overview of living in San Diego:

In general terms of the total cost of living, San Diego is an expensive city to reside in. If rent and utilities are compared to the average monthly salary, it is barely livable. However, if compared to other major first world cities, the price of monthly living in San Diego is a bit lower.