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2023 Cost of Living Calculator: City Comparison Tool

Planning a move to another town, city or state? The biggest factors in any move are the standard of
living and what salary you’ll need to make in order to reach that standard.

Our cost of living calculator will help you figure out if your move will work for your budget and salary.
Ideally, you’ll find that you can afford the cost of living in your new destination, but having that
knowledge handy before you move can help set expectations or help you decide to move somewhere else.

Calculate Cost Of Living

To maintain your standard of living in San Francisco,
, you’ll need a
household income of:


The cost of living is 25.45%
in San Francisco,

The rule of thumb is not to spend more than 30% of your total income on housing. The goal is to pay under 30%, but that may not be achievable in your destination city or town. If you find that the housing costs in your destination city is much higher than where you are now, it would be a good idea to research some nearby locations to find lower rents and mortgage rates.

Whether you’re a commuter via your own vehicle or public transportation, considering factors like the price of gas and monthly cost of taking a train or bus is crucial when budgeting for your move. If you plan to drive to work, also do some research on average traffic in your destination town or city. More traffic means more gas spent.

Sunnyvale, CA San Francisco, CA Change

$4.96 $5.42


One of the most important aspects to a good quality of life is good healthcare. Some areas have more affordability and availability of healthcare options than others, and depending on your specific needs, you may need to prioritize moving to areas with lower healthcare costs.

Consider the miscellaneous category the catch-all for all other expenses, like the price of groceries, office supplies, clothing, vet services and more. Your lifestyle and what you prioritize will also play into whether a particular destination is suitable for your salary and ideal cost of living.

Cost of Living by Major Cities

San Francisco, CA
New York (Brooklyn), NY
Austin, TX
Miami-Dade County, FL
Chicago, IL
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA
Seattle, WA
Boston, MA
Charlotte, NC
Tampa, FL

Your household income will be worth the most in the following cities: