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Cost of Living

According to, the cost of living in San Diego, California is 47% higher than the national average.

Housing, Utilities & Transportation

According to, San Diego's housing expenses are 122% higher than the national average and the utility prices are 16% higher than the national average. Transportation expenses like bus fares and gas prices are 31% higher than the national average.

As of February 2023: 

  • Median Home Sold Price: $998,772
  • Median Rent: $3,037
  • Energy Bill: $204.76/month
  • Phone Bill: $220.27/month
  • Gas: $4.44/gallon

Food & Grocery

San Diego has grocery prices that are 12% higher than the national average. The following are estimates based on the cost of living percentage in San Diego compared to the national average:

  • Loaf of Bread: $4.35
  • Gallon of Milk: $2.72
  • Carton of Eggs: $2.52
  • Bananas: $3.76
  • Hamburger: $5.75