Cost Of Living in California

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1. Posted by rohitemmanuel (Budding Member 2 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I am planning a trip to California and I thought of checking the cost of living there. Particularly food and accommodation

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 468 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Cost of living? For a trip?

California is too large and giving a one-size-fits-all answer won't work, either for an idea of how much to budget for a trip or for the cost of living there. :)

Look at www.numbeo.com to narrow things down a bit.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Jun-2020, 14:10 GMT by road to roam ]

3. Posted by MilesTX (Budding Member 39 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

The term "cost of living" is generally used to mean the cost of living permanently in a location. You may be looking for the cost of visiting a place for a few days.

You can get a feel for it by checking prices of hotels and transportation, and online menus of popular restaurants.

Coastal California cities (San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco) are expensive to live in and to visit.

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1640 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

My son was offered a job in California and he decided it was too expensive to live there so he went back home. My grandson was offered an internship in California and was most reluctant to take it because his expenses would take most of his salary.

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1546 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Then there are those of us who find living in California no more difficult than anyplace else in the country. If costs are higher, so are salaries. Different parts of the state have different standards of living and different parts of the cities have different standards of living. You have many food and accommodation choices so pick what you can afford. There is cheap fast food, inexpensive Mom-and-Pop restaurants and food trucks nearly everywhere. Small towns are cheaper than large cities. Popular tourist spots are more expensive than lesser known places.

Where are you planning to visit in California? That makes a tremendous difference. If you're going to San Francisco, it is pretty expensive but you can still find bargains if you do your research. There is couch surfing, AirBnB and various booking sites. We've gotten some great bargains on booking.com right here on TravellersPoint. If you want to go to Disneyland, it's ridiculously expensive, but you don't have to stay in the park.

Let us know where you're going in California and we can give you a better idea. Also check web sites like Google Maps and click on various restaurants and hotels to get an idea of their costs in the areas that interest you. Food should be the least of your worries because you can always go to a grocery store and get picnic supplies for very little money.

We love it here and hope you enjoy visiting.

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1640 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

My son was offered a job operating a long haul trucking facility in San Francisco. If he paid them the normal pay for a driver in other places no one would apply for the job because they could not live on that salary in SF. He couldn't offer enough over the normal pay to attract anyone. There were other problems with the company that I won't go into, but my daughter-in-law did not like California and his former workplace desperately wanted him back and offered additional salary and promised to let him have vacation time, so he went back. He is now working for a company in northern NJ - it is the company that moved Capt Sully's plane out of the river. He's not thrilled with NJ (and my daughter-in-law doesn't care for it either), but he likes the work much better and she's getting used to it.

We lived in California for two years but that was back in the 60s. We had a good time there. I'd like to come back for a visit.

7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1546 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Everyone looks at San Francisco and says California is too expensive. That's the wrong place to look. SF is the most expensive place in California. Although our daughter works there and had no trouble buying a house so it is possible if you do your research carefully. I'm assuming people asking here are visiting, not moving there . . .

8. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 468 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

Everyone looks at San Francisco and says California is too expensive.

San Diego north to Oceanside and San Clemente all the way to Ventura north of Los Angeles come to mind. On top of that are all the coastal towns up to and beyond San Francisco north to Santa Rosa.

We were aghast at how expensive essential goods - milk, eggs, bread, butter - were in places like run-of-the-mill Ralph's Supermarket and others in workaday towns such as Fontana, El Centro and Barstow, not to mention a host of other goods and services in those areas compared to the surrounding states and all of the United States, too.

True, you cannot paint the state of California with the same brush in this regard, but you cannot say that everyone looks at San Francisco as a benchmark of the entire state when it comes to costs either - that's just as broad.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Jun-2020, 00:56 GMT by road to roam ]

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1640 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Rob had to look in SF because that is the where the company was.

10. Posted by rohitemmanuel (Budding Member 2 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Nice to see those suggestions and information. I also found it interesting to see some real-time experiences there.