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Cost of living study: San Diegans likely paying at least $2,600 a month

Posted at 5:46 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 20:46:03-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego's cost of living runs more than $2,500 a month, making it one of the worst monthly hits in the country's biggest cities, according to a new study.

San Diego's cost of living ranked 64th out of the study's 75 most populous U.S. cities, according to Average monthly costs in America's Finest City came in at about $2,665, the study revealed.

In San Diego, prices were broken down by rent for a one-bedroom apartment, utilities, internet, gasoline, and groceries for one month:

  • Rent: $1,970.93
  • Utilities: $131.66
  • Internet: $65.05
  • Gasoline: $186.15
  • Groceries: $312.07

Prices were pulled from Numbeo's updated estimates in June 2019.

Charting as the absolute worst cities for cost of living where San Francisco ($4,210.60 a month), New York City ($3,956.11 a month), and San Jose, Calif. ($3,289.07 a month.) Half of the study's 10 worst cities were located in California.

On the other end of the spectrum, El Paso, Texas, ranked best with a monthly cost of living of $1,182.96, followed by Lincoln, Neb. ($1,291.50 a month), and Toledo, Ohio ($1,322.93 a month.)

In comparison, rent for a one-bedroom apartment in El Paso costs an estimated $658.53 a month.

The full study can be read online here.