San Francisco cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexSan FranciscoCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index184136100
IndexSan FranciscoCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index115107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index119109100
Housing index339189100
Transportation index131125100
Utilities index108116100

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  • The cost of living in San Francisco is 36% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in San Francisco is 84% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in San Francisco is 239% higher than the national average.
  • California general sales tax is 47% higher than the national average.
  • California state income tax is 55% lower than the national average.

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California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%

Goods & Services

ItemSan FranciscoNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.44$14.5926.4%
Beauty Salon $59.40$34.6871.3%
Toothpaste $3.14$2.4727.0%
Shampoo $1.09$1.026.7%
Movie $11.00$9.8711.5%
Bowling $6.63$4.3951.0%

Groceries

ItemSan FranciscoNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.97$4.4811.3%
Fried Chicken $2.07$1.4641.4%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.69$3.0620.5%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $9.93$8.6315.0%

Health Care

ItemSan FranciscoNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.44$99.7820.7%
Doctor $127.57$105.0321.5%
Dentist $122.43$88.7038.0%
Ibuprofen $11.97$9.4127.2%
Lipitor $254.50$298.5014.7%

Housing

ItemSan FranciscoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $750,900.00$181,400.00313.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,294.70$1,081.03204.8%
Apartment Rent $1,447.00$889.0062.8%

Transportation

ItemSan FranciscoNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.80$2.0933.8%
Tire Balancing $55.37$45.2922.3%

Utilities

ItemSan FranciscoNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$213.39$170.8024.9%
Phone $24.12$28.2614.6%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Homewood Canyon, CA8593-7%
Homestead Valley, CA3,0551033%
North Richmond, CA3,92911414%
San Pablo, CA29,29811717%
Rollingwood, CA2,82012222%
San Francisco, CA807,75518484%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Austin, TX799,9391044%
Indianapolis, IN822,00688-12%
Jacksonville, FL823,652100-0%
Columbus, OH790,16889-11%
Fort Worth, TX743,86595-5%
San Francisco, CA807,75518484%
Source: The San Francisco, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.