According to the most recent data on the cost of living, San Jose has an overall cost of living index of 181 which is 1.8x higher than the national index of 100.
Compared to only California, San Jose has a cost of living index that's 1.3x higher than California's index of 140.
The standard of living in San Jose ranks as #6,215 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies San Jose ranks as the #191 most expensive place in the Golden State.
|Living Expense||San Jose||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 Jose|
|Santa Clara, CA||127,721||192||1.1x|
|Mountain View, CA||81,656||219||1.2x|
|Palo Alto, CA||66,573||305||1.7x|
|Los Gatos, CA||30,729||260||1.4x|
|Los Altos, CA||30,504||342||1.9x|