Berkeley, CA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
194
Berkeley's Overall Cost Of Living
1.9x
Higher Than The National Average
564 out of 634
In California
6,283 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Berkeley is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Berkeley, CA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Berkeley has an overall cost of living index of 194 which is 1.9x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only California, Berkeley has a cost of living index that's 1.4x higher than California's index of 140.

The standard of living in Berkeley ranks as #6,290 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies Berkeley ranks as the #117 most expensive place in the Golden State.

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Berkeley Cost Of Living Vs. California

Living Expense Berkeley California National Average
Overall 194 140 100
Services 130 111 100
Groceries 126 118 100
Health 127 113 100
Housing 347 196 100
Transportation 137 128 100
Utilities 121 118 100
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Berkeley Cost of Living Vs. CA

Berkeley, CA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in California, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$1,004,900
Median Home Value
$1,722
Median Rent
$85,530
Median Income
Statistic Berkeley California United States
Median Home Value $1,004,900 $505,000 $217,500
Median Rent $1,722 $1,503 $1,062
Median Income $85,530 $75,235 $62,843
Home Value To Income 11.7x 6.7x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.24x 0.24x 0.2x

Detailed Berkeley Services Costs Vs. California

Item Berkeley California
Shampoo $1.33 $1.01
Movie $12.11 $10.72
Bowling $19.83 $13.86

Detailed Berkeley Groceries Costs Vs. California

Item Berkeley California
Ground Beef $3.71 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.35 $1.4
Milk $2.39 $1.96

Detailed Berkeley Health Costs Vs. California

Item Berkeley California
Haircut $19.71 $17.49
Beauty Salon $67.86 $38.17
Toothpaste $2.93 $2.32

Detailed Berkeley Transportation Costs Vs. California

Item Berkeley California
Potatoes $2.66 $3.18
Pizza $13.7 $10.39
Beer $10.49 $9.23
Optometrist $136.71 $106.34
Doctor $150.71 $115.25
Dentist $139.14 $98.38

Detailed Berkeley Utilities Costs Vs. California

Item Berkeley California
Gasoline $3.79 $2.59
Tire Balancing $61.0 $48.9
All Electricity $228.47 $167.6
Phone $184.65 $163.42

Berkeley SnackAbility

8.5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
8/10
Housing
10
Affordability
4
Diversity
9.5
Safety
3
Amenities
10
Education
9.5
Commute
5

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Berkeley

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Berkeley
Richmond, CA 109,884 139 0.7x
Mountain View, CA 81,656 219 1.1x
South San Francisco, CA 67,408 182 0.9x
San Bruno, CA 43,083 187 1.0x
San Pablo, CA 30,967 126 0.6x
San Lorenzo, CA 25,569 152 0.8x
El Cerrito, CA 25,398 177 0.9x
Millbrae, CA 22,625 229 1.2x
Albany, CA 19,804 185 1.0x
Orinda, CA 19,646 240 1.2x

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