Acton cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexActonCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index146135100
IndexActonCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index105107100
Groceries index106117100
Health care index109109100
Housing index232189100
Transportation index120125100
Utilities index112116100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Acton, CA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Acton, CA being 146, that puts it 7% higher than the average of California and 46% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Acton, CA, the price of goods and services are 1% lower than the average of California as well as 5% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Acton is 7% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Acton is 46% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Acton is 132% higher than the national average.
  • California general sales tax is 47% higher than the national average.
  • California state income tax is 55% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Acton, CA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Acton, CA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Acton, CA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$97,983$8,165$2,286$2,940
Renters$65,455$5,455$1,527$1,964
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Acton, CA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Acton, CA has a median income of about $97,983 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,286 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $65,455. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,527 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Acton, CA you will want to make sure you consider both the California sales tax and the California income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in California is 7.5%, with the highest surtax being 10%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in California have a range from 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemActonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.32$14.5925.5%
Beauty Salon $63.86$34.6884.1%
Toothpaste $2.90$2.4717.3%
Shampoo $1.11$1.028.6%
Movie $14.20$9.8743.9%
Bowling $6.63$4.3951.0%

Groceries

ItemActonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.16$4.487.1%
Fried Chicken $1.74$1.4618.8%
Milk $2.62$2.3611.2%
Potatoes $2.99$3.062.3%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.38$8.638.7%

Health Care

ItemActonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $126.07$99.7826.3%
Doctor $97.27$105.037.4%
Dentist $110.00$88.7024.0%
Ibuprofen $12.16$9.4129.2%
Lipitor $280.93$298.505.9%

Housing

ItemActonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $421,700.00$175,700.00140.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,080.63$1,081.0392.5%
Apartment Rent $1,954.00$920.00112.4%

Transportation

ItemActonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.63$2.0925.7%
Tire Balancing $46.96$45.293.7%

Utilities

ItemActonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.94$170.807.7%
Phone $33.30$28.2617.8%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Littlerock, CA2,0401033%
Desert View Highlands, CA2,2911055%
Lancaster, CA159,0921066%
Sun Village, CA11,6131077%
Palmdale, CA155,8101088%
Acton, CA6,95614646%

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Blackwell, OK6,95778-22%
Lihue, HI6,95516868%
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Progress Village, FL6,96093-7%
Acton, CA6,95614646%
Source: The Acton, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.