Cost of Living in Los Angeles, USA

Cost of living in Los Angeles: Let’s Analyze the Cost of food, entertainment and real estate in Los Angeles, California, USA

Hoping to trying your luck in Los Angeles, California? Down below is a quick guide for the cost of living in the city, as well as what else you need to know about this US city! 

cost of living in los angeles

Cost of Living in Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles has a lot of nicknames depending on who you ask when they hear about the city. It is the second largest city in the country, the home to the largest entertainment industry in the world, and a summer destination for many Americans. 

Thanks to its unique reputation, Los Angeles has a very diverse population which has assisted in making the city’s traditions and cultures more vibrant than ever. Within this diverse population is the large expat community of Asians, Africans, Latin Americans, Europeans and Middle Eastern citizens that call the city home. 

The cost of living in Los Angeles can be very expensive depending on the neighborhood you will be in. But, if you do your research, you will be able to find neighborhoods where the rent is affordable and manage your utilities. Salaries do vary depending on your industry and where you will be living in the city. 

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Real Estate Price [EDIT]
1 bedroom flat (40 m2) rent per month 2,200.00 USD
1 bedroom flat (40 m2) utilities per month 90.00 USD
2 bedroom flat (80 m2) rent per month 4,100.00 USD
2 bedroom flat (80 m2) utilities per month 150.00 USD
Price per square meter (city center) 8,300.00 USD
Salaries Price [EDIT]
Minimum Salary 2,311.00 USD
Average Salary (net) 4,800.00 USD

Cost of Living for Students in Los Angeles, California, USA

Students have a lot of options when it comes to studying in Los Angeles. From top universities to community colleges and vocational schools, you can find them in the city. Renting an apartment close to these schools can be a bit pricy, but you can reduce it by looking for rent away from the school or sharing with friends. On average, you may need to save $500 per month or more to manage food and other expenses. 

Tuition fees also vary per school or university and can cost from $958 to $35,000. Scholarships are available for international students to avail should they need additional financial assistance. 

English is the main language used for majority of the programs offered. But, there are programs and subjects that are offered in another language. 

Here are some of the top universities and colleges in Los Angeles

University of California- Los Angeles

University of Southern California

Los Angeles City College

Getting a Job in Los Angeles

Finding a job in Los Angeles is not going to be difficult as there are a lot of industries looking for workers. But, considering the cost of living in the city, you will definitely find strong competition for the job openings available in the industries looking for workers. Some of the top industries now looking for work include renewable energy, construction, and IT. 

Wages definitely vary depending on the position that you will be in and it is important you have a great grasp of the English language to flourish. 

Here are the job employment websites in Los Angeles: 




Quality of Life in Los Angeles

As the second largest city in the US, you definitely find anything that you need while living in Los Angeles. From food options to entertainment and tourist destinations, you won’t miss out while in Los Angeles. International options are also available so expats won’t feel homesick while in the city. 

Los Angeles has a year-round dry climate or Mediterranean climate. Occasional rainfall happens during the winters while it can get really hot during the summer season. The reason for this climate due to the city’s  unique location as it sits at a lower latitude much like the Mediterranean countries. But, unlike these countries, the city does have a cooler summer because of its location near the Pacific coast.

However, it is important to note that climates in the city do vary depending on where you are. Overall, the city does have a large problem with pollution, which contributes to its very dry climate. 

Traveling to and around Los Angeles is quite easy as the public transportation infrastructure of the city is well-developed. However,  if you will be driving around the city, you will have to contend to traffic, especially in key tourist destinations. Major international airlines fly in Los Angeles International Airport, as well as low cost airlines. 

Los Angeles is generally a safe city with crime rates dropping each year. It is also considered one of the safest US cities to be in. But, one must remain vigilant at all times when they walk around the city because there are areas where high rates of violent crimes have been reported. Corruption is also very high in Los Angeles, especially at the Los Angeles City Hall. 

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