Cost of Living in Los Angeles, CA
|Cost of Living in Los Angeles, CA||Compared to State Average||Compared to National Average|
|Housing (Buy and Rent)||17% higher||130% higher|
|Utilities (Monthly)||16% lower||7% higher|
|Food||1% higher||13% higher|
|Transportation||3% lower||33% higher|
|Goods & Services||5% higher||18% higher|
The cost of living in Los Angeles, CA is 7% higher than the state average and 48% higher than the national average. Los Angeles, CA housing is 130% more expensive than the U.S average, while utilities are about 7% pricier. When it comes to basic necessities such as food and clothing, groceries are around 18% more in Los Angeles, CA than in the rest of the country, while clothing costs around 18% more .
Healthcare services such as doctor check-ups and dentistry cost 10% more here compared to the U.S. average. At the same time, non-necessary expenses such as entertainment and grooming services are 18% pricier in Los Angeles, CA.
Housing (Buy and Rent)
Housing is the most significant expense for most American households. The cost of living in a certain city takes into account both the price of rent and the price of a home. The average monthly rent in Los Angeles is $2,661, while home prices circle around $874,286.
Both owning and renting come with utility expenses. These costs include basic services such as energy and telecommunications. In Los Angeles, energy bills cost around $187.54 per month.
Food is the most important necessity and its cost varies around the country. This section includes the prices of everyday foods such as produce, meat and dairy. A bottle of milk costs about $2.22 in Los Angeles, a dozen eggs go for around $2.97 and a pound of potatoes circles around $2.99.
The benchmark for this category is based on the prices of family doctor visits and specialized services such as optometry. In Los Angeles, an optometry check-up costs around $123.80, while a dentist appointment is priced $112.84 on average.
Transportation expenses depend on multiple factors, with fuel being the most important. A gallon of gas is priced around $3.46 in Los Angeles, while getting your tires balanced will run you about $49.61.
Goods & Services
The cost of clothing tells you how much more or less money you need to buy basic items such as jeans, shirts or slacks in a new city. A men's shirt costs around $30.34 here. Meanwhile, a pair of women's slacks will set you back around $34.16.
The cost of entertainment and everyday services is based on common expenses in each category. For a movie ticket in Los Angeles, you should budget around $16.89 a month. When it comes to personal services, a haircut usually goes for $25.06, while dry cleaning costs about $17.51.
The cost of living also takes median household income into account, so you can estimate how much more or less you could be earning in a new city by comparing it to the income in your current area. In Los Angeles, the median household income is $65,290.