Cost of Living Comparison

USD
COMPARED TO
GBP

California is 7.8% more expensive than United Kingdom.

If you lived in United Kingdom instead of California, you would:
local_dining

pay 2.8% less for restaurants

  California help_outline United Kingdom help_outline  
Basic meal with drink at inexpensive restaurant $14.59 $15.63
£12.08
+7.2%
Fast food combo meal
McDonalds, or similar
$7.70 $6.74
£5.21
-12.5%
Bottle of Coca-Cola (11 fl. oz) $1.89 $1.52
£1.18
-19.5%
Bottle of water (11 fl. oz) $1.58 $1.15
£0.88
-27.5%

California vs. United Kingdom - Cost of restaurants
local_grocery_store

pay 39.0% less for groceries

  California help_outline United Kingdom help_outline  
Bread
1 loaf
$3.23 $1.22
£0.94
-62.2%
Local cheese (8 oz) $6.00 $3.21
£2.48
-46.5%
Milk (1 gallon) $3.69 $4.29
£3.31
+16.1%
Eggs
1 dozen
$3.13 $2.30
£1.78
-26.3%
Boneless chicken breast (1 lb) $4.28 $3.26
£2.52
-23.9%
Apples (1 lb) $1.92 $1.02
£0.79
-46.8%
Bananas (1 lb) $0.84 $0.61
£0.47
-27.1%
Oranges (1 lb) $1.67 $0.93
£0.72
-44.5%
Tomatoes (1 lb) $1.88 $0.99
£0.76
-47.3%
Potatoes (1 lb) $1.21 $0.66
£0.51
-45.7%
Onions (1 lb) $1.20 $0.57
£0.44
-52.2%

California vs. United Kingdom - Cost of groceries
drive_eta

pay 4.0% more for transportation

  California help_outline United Kingdom help_outline  
Gasoline (1 gallon) $3.46 $5.98
£4.62
+73.1%
Monthly public transit pass $63.15 $80.21
£61.97
+27.0%
New Volkswagen Golf 1.4 (standard edition) $21,914.04 $22,773.83
£17,595.51
+3.9%
Taxi trip in downtown area (5 miles) $20.00 $23.44
£18.11
+17.2%

California vs. United Kingdom - Cost of transportation
home

pay 45.5% less for housing

  California help_outline United Kingdom help_outline  
Internet connection
50 mbps or faster, cable/dsl
$62.08 $37.35
£28.86
-39.8%
1-Bedroom apartment in downtown area $1,702.48 $908.65
£702.04
-46.6%
1-Bedroom apartment outside city center $1,501.26 $754.23
£582.73
-49.8%
Utilities for two (700 sq ft apartment)
including electric, gas, water, heating
$115.05 $141.49
£109.32
+23.0%

California vs. United Kingdom - Cost of housing
child_care

pay 13.6% less for childcare

  California help_outline United Kingdom help_outline  
Private preschool for 1 child, monthly $987.56 $1,034.26
£799.09
+4.7%
Middle school for 1 child, two semesters $17,439.86 $14,894.38
£11,507.69
-14.6%

California vs. United Kingdom - Cost of childcare
gamepad

pay 8.2% less for entertainment and sports

  California help_outline United Kingdom help_outline  
Domestic/local beer (1 pint) $5.45 $4.30
£3.32
-21.1%
Cappuccino in mid-range area $4.15 $3.28
£2.53
-21.1%
Pack of cigarettes
Marlboro or similar
$8.44 $12.12
£9.36
+43.6%
Monthly membership at local gym $46.48 $38.68
£29.89
-16.8%
Movie ticket to theater/cinema $12.62 $12.45
£9.62
-1.3%

California vs. United Kingdom - Cost of entertainment and sports
store

pay 3.4% less for clothing

  California help_outline United Kingdom help_outline  
Regular jeans
Levi's brand
$46.23 $68.21
£52.70
+47.5%
Regular dress
from H&M or similar store
$36.86 $36.08
£27.88
-2.1%
Running shoes
Nike or Adidas
$74.85 $74.75
£57.75
-0.1%
Men's business shoes (leather) $104.11 $74.08
£57.23
-28.8%

California vs. United Kingdom - Cost of clothing
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