San Mateo, CA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
208
San Mateo's Overall Cost Of Living
2.1x
Higher Than The National Average
584 out of 634
In California
6,319 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 San Mateo is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in San Mateo, CA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, San Mateo has an overall cost of living index of 208 which is 2.1x 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 #6,326 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies San Mateo ranks as the #81 most expensive place in the Golden State.

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San Mateo Cost Of Living Vs. California

Living Expense San Mateo California National Average
Overall 208 140 100
Services 137 111 100
Groceries 127 118 100
Health 127 113 100
Housing 381 196 100
Transportation 141 128 100
Utilities 122 118 100
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San Mateo Cost of Living Vs. CA

San Mateo, 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.

$1,098,400
Median Home Value
$2,475
Median Rent
$124,842
Median Income
Statistic San Mateo California United States
Median Home Value $1,098,400 $505,000 $217,500
Median Rent $2,475 $1,503 $1,062
Median Income $124,842 $75,235 $62,843
Home Value To Income 8.8x 6.7x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.24x 0.24x 0.2x

Detailed San Mateo Services Costs Vs. California

Item San Mateo California
Shampoo $1.37 $1.01
Movie $15.04 $10.72
Bowling $21.14 $13.86

Detailed San Mateo Groceries Costs Vs. California

Item San Mateo California
Ground Beef $3.47 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.39 $1.4
Milk $2.34 $1.96

Detailed San Mateo Health Costs Vs. California

Item San Mateo California
Haircut $23.67 $17.49
Beauty Salon $84.88 $38.17
Toothpaste $2.92 $2.32

Detailed San Mateo Transportation Costs Vs. California

Item San Mateo California
Potatoes $2.57 $3.18
Pizza $13.99 $10.39
Beer $10.39 $9.23
Optometrist $143.14 $106.34
Doctor $154.0 $115.25
Dentist $138.14 $98.38

Detailed San Mateo Utilities Costs Vs. California

Item San Mateo California
Gasoline $3.82 $2.59
Tire Balancing $65.75 $48.9
All Electricity $224.45 $167.6
Phone $195.57 $163.42

San Mateo SnackAbility

9
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
8.5/10
Housing
10
Affordability
4
Diversity
10
Safety
6
Amenities
10
Education
8.5
Commute
5

Cost Of Living In Cities Around San Mateo

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. San Mateo
Sunnyvale, CA 152,770 206 1.0x
South San Francisco, CA 67,408 182 0.9x
San Bruno, CA 43,083 187 0.9x
Menlo Park, CA 34,138 288 1.4x
Burlingame, CA 30,576 275 1.3x
Los Altos, CA 30,504 342 1.6x
San Carlos, CA 30,154 237 1.1x
Belmont, CA 27,097 232 1.1x
San Lorenzo, CA 25,569 152 0.7x
Millbrae, CA 22,625 229 1.1x

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