Alamo 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.
Cost of living index274138100
Goods & Services index122110100
Groceries index126115100
Health care index123109100
Housing index627196100
Transportation index130125100
Utilities index114114100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Alamo, CA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Alamo, CA is 274, which is 98% higher than the California average and 174% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Alamo, CA are 11% higher than the average for California and 22% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Alamo is 98% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Alamo is 174% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Alamo is 527% higher than the national average.
  • California general sales tax is 42% 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 Alamo, 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 Alamo, CA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Alamo, 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

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If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Alamo, CA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Alamo, CA, the median monthly income is $184,053 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $4,294 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $123,409, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $2,879 on monthly rental expenses.

California Sales Tax

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California Income Tax

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The California sales tax and California income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Alamo, CA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The California sales tax is 7.25% and the maximum surtax is 10.25%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The California income tax rates range from 1% to 13.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemAlamoNational avg.Difference
Haircut $21.86$16.0336.4%
Beauty Salon $69.62$37.3786.3%
Toothpaste $3.23$2.4432.6%
Shampoo $1.20$1.0019.5%
Movie $11.67$10.2513.9%
Bowling $6.78$4.9437.3%


ItemAlamoNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.25$3.7912.3%
Fried Chicken $1.51$1.398.5%
Milk $2.74$2.0037.0%
Potatoes $3.56$3.0018.4%
Pizza $12.11$9.8323.2%
Beer $9.55$8.887.6%

Health Care

ItemAlamoNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.71$101.8318.5%
Doctor $138.93$108.3128.3%
Dentist $122.57$92.2132.9%
Ibuprofen $11.92$9.2828.4%
Lipitor $416.12$424.432.0%


ItemAlamoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $1,411,800.00$184,700.00664.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,702.60$1,201.80124.9%
Apartment Rent $2,911.00$949.00206.7%


ItemAlamoNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.93$2.2430.3%
Tire Balancing $60.44$46.1630.9%


ItemAlamoNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$230.24$165.4239.2%
Phone $24.33$28.7115.2%
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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North Gate, CA46512323%
Bay Point, CA23,13112020%
Port Costa, CA22812121%
Pacheco, CA4,05912323%
San Miguel CDP (San Luis Obispo County), CA2,69613131%
Alamo, CA16,078274174%

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Spanish Springs, NV16,09111919%
Alamo, CA16,078274174%
Source: The Alamo, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.