San Mateo, CA Cost of Living

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San Mateo cost of living score
More expensive
150.0% higher
than the US average
66.8% higher
than the California average
San Mateo, California gets a BestPlaces Cost of Living score of 250, which means the total cost of housing, food, childcare, transportation, healthcare, taxes, and other necessities is 150.0% higher than the U.S. average and 66.8% lower than the average for California.

San Mateo, CA

Housing costs in San Mateo?
A typical home costs $1,378,900, which is 307.8% more expensive than the national average of $338,100 and 88.0% more expensive than the average California home, at $733,500. Renting a two-bedroom unit in San Mateo costs $3,740 per month, which is 161.5% more than the national average of $1,430 and 42.5% more than the state average of $2,150.

Can I afford San Mateo?
To live comfortably in San Mateo, California, a minimum annual income of $264,240 for a family, and $125,200 for a single person is recommended.

What does A.I. say about San Mateo?
San Mateo serves up one of California's more attractive options for budget-friendly living found somewhere within its San Francisco Bay Area boasting plenty of features without adversely impacting pocketbooks too heavily. Median home values come in around $880K and renting usually arrives close by at roughly half that amount each month depending upon desired amenities - significantly lower compared to other parts of the Golden State like Palo Alto or Mountain View which are located closer towards the western coast. Grocery stores furthermore hover slightly below US levels due largely to local taxes & regulations while sales tax remains unaltered at 9%.
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I have lived in San Mateo since 2013. It has seen tremendous growth, lots of new restaurants which have become progressively more high-end though there is ample  More

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I'm a native of California. I have lived in the southern part of the state and the northern part of the state for most of my life. I have spent the last 29 years in  More

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Over 14 years ago

San Mateo has a diverse mix of people, a pleasant climate, a very pleasant downtown park with lots going on, and pretty much whatever you need handy. It's not far to  More

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