According to the most recent data on the cost of living, San Mateo has an overall cost of living index of 205 which is 2.0x higher than the national index of 100.
Compared to only California, San Mateo has a cost of living index that's 1.5x higher than California's index of 140.
The standard of living in San Mateo ranks as #6,332 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies San Mateo ranks as the #86 most expensive place in the Golden State.
|Living Expense||San Mateo||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 Mateo||Sunnyvale, CA||152,569||204||1.0x||South San Francisco, CA||66,878||182||0.9x||San Bruno, CA||44,663||184||0.9x||Menlo Park, CA||35,211||289||1.4x||Los Altos, CA||30,878||340||1.7x||San Lorenzo, CA||30,117||151||0.7x||Burlingame, CA||30,071||273||1.3x||San Carlos, CA||29,647||237||1.2x||Belmont, CA||26,963||231||1.1x||Millbrae, CA||22,998||229||1.1x|