According to the most recent data on the cost of living, San Francisco has an overall cost of living index of 206 which is 2.1x higher than the national index of 100.
Compared to only California, San Francisco has a cost of living index that's 1.5x higher than California's index of 140.
The standard of living in San Francisco ranks as #6,322 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies San Francisco ranks as the #85 most expensive place in the Golden State.
|Living Expense||San Francisco||California||National Average|
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.
|City||Population||Cost Of Living||Vs. San Francisco|
|San Mateo, CA||104,333||208||1.0x|
|San Bruno, CA||43,083||187||0.9x|
|San Carlos, CA||30,154||237||1.2x|
|San Lorenzo, CA||25,569||152||0.7x|
|North Fair Oaks, CA||14,372||179||0.9x|
|Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA||11,689||234||1.1x|
|Lucas Valley-Marinwood, CA||6,686||207||1.0x|