Alta 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.
IndexAltaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index138135100
IndexAltaCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index115107100
Groceries index133117100
Health care index120109100
Housing index163189100
Transportation index154125100
Utilities index136116100

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  • The cost of living in Alta is 2% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Alta is 38% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Alta is 63% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$56,944$4,745$1,329$1,708
Renters$54,091$4,508$1,262$1,623

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%

Goods & Services

ItemAltaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.00$14.599.6%
Beauty Salon $50.00$34.6844.2%
Toothpaste $3.79$2.4753.2%
Shampoo $1.32$1.0229.2%
Movie $11.00$9.8711.5%
Bowling $2.88$4.3934.4%

Groceries

ItemAltaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.12$4.4814.4%
Fried Chicken $1.84$1.4625.7%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.87$3.0626.4%
Pizza $15.99$9.2473.0%
Beer $9.24$8.637.0%

Health Care

ItemAltaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.00$99.7820.3%
Doctor $111.81$105.036.5%
Dentist $121.33$88.7036.8%
Ibuprofen $11.87$9.4126.1%
Lipitor $320.00$298.507.2%

Housing

ItemAltaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $266,700.00$175,700.0051.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,907.43$1,081.03169.0%
Apartment Rent $1,750.00$920.0090.2%

Transportation

ItemAltaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $3.60$2.0972.1%
Tire Balancing $46.00$45.291.6%

Utilities

ItemAltaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$252.17$170.8047.6%
Phone $33.50$28.2618.6%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Washington, CA1712727%
Pike, CA12611010%
Colfax, CA2,42412121%
Foresthill, CA1,34512424%
Grass Valley, CA12,86112727%
Alta, CA36913838%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Deloit, IA36983-17%
Flat Top Mountain, TN3691044%
Milligan, NE36978-22%
Holy Cross, IA36991-9%
San Geronimo, CA369205105%
Alta, CA36913838%
Source: The Alta, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.