Compared to San Francisco, a 'low income' family can get so much more in Las Vegas

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a family of four who makes $117,400 a year is now considered "low income" in San Francisco.

HUD says that "low income" for a family of four in Las Vegas is $56,050

According to data from CNN Money, Bankrate, and NerdWallet, $117,400 in San Francisco is the equivalent of making between $61,000 and $71,000 in Las Vegas. So a "low income" family from the Bay Area would fit comfortably in the middle class in Clark County.

Overall, the cost of living is about 40 percent lower in Las Vegas compared with San Francisco. Here's how some of the numbers break down:

Average housing costs - 65 percent lower overall

  • Home price: San Francisco - $978,744.33; Las Vegas - $339,398.00
  • Apartment rent: San Francisco - $3,229.81; Las Vegas - $889.04
  • Total energy: San Francisco - $210.92; Las Vegas - $187.53

Average food costs - 18 percent lower overall

  • Bread: San Francisco - $3.41; Las Vegas - $3.79
  • Dozen eggs: San Francisco - $3.83; Las Vegas - $2.51
  • Gallon of milk: San Francisco - $2.83; Las Vegas - $1.69

Average healthcare costs - 14 percent lower overall

  • Doctor's visit: San Francisco - $127.00; Las Vegas $111.00
  • Dentist visit: San Francisco - $118.00; Las Vegas $92.00

Average entertainment costs - 15 percent lower overall

  • Movie ticket: San Francisco - $12.94; Las Vegas $11.12
  • Bowling game: San Francisco - $5.88; Las Vegas $3.81

Average transportation costs - 15 percent lower overall

  • Gas: San Francisco - $3.80; Las Vegas - $3.22

BONUS: Median household income in Las Vegas by zip code

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