Apple Valley 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.
IndexApple ValleyCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index106135100
IndexApple ValleyCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index104107100
Groceries index109117100
Health care index104109100
Housing index98189100
Transportation index127125100
Utilities index113116100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Apple Valley, CA is displayed above. In Apple Valley, CA, the overall cost of living index is 106, which is 22% lower than the California average and 6% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Apple Valley, CA, the city's goods and services are 3% lower than the California average and 4% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Apple Valley is 22% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Apple Valley is 6% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Apple Valley is 2% lower 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 Apple Valley, 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 Apple Valley, CA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Apple Valley, 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)
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 Apple Valley, 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. Apple Valley, CA has a median income of about $62,150 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,450 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $25,170. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $587 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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 Apple Valley, 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 7.5% and the maximum surtax is 10%. 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 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemApple ValleyNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.89$14.5929.4%
Beauty Salon $60.96$34.6875.8%
Toothpaste $2.59$2.474.7%
Shampoo $1.09$1.026.7%
Movie $12.50$9.8726.7%
Bowling $5.79$4.3931.8%


ItemApple ValleyNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.74$1.4618.8%
Milk $2.69$2.3614.1%
Potatoes $3.32$3.068.4%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $9.35$8.638.3%

Health Care

ItemApple ValleyNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.42$99.784.7%
Doctor $95.57$105.039.0%
Dentist $102.40$88.7015.4%
Ibuprofen $11.60$9.4123.2%
Lipitor $281.41$298.505.7%


ItemApple ValleyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $167,100.00$175,700.004.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,759.31$1,081.03155.2%
Apartment Rent $978.00$920.006.3%


ItemApple ValleyNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.61$2.0924.8%
Tire Balancing $60.00$45.2932.5%


ItemApple ValleyNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$186.13$170.809.0%
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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Lucerne Valley, CA5,76796-4%
Adelanto, CA31,77398-2%
Mountain View Acres, CA3,5021011%
Victorville, CA119,6031044%
Hesperia, CA91,7571055%
Apple Valley, CA70,5611066%

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Iowa City, IA70,59797-3%
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Boynton Beach, FL70,355100-0%
Apple Valley, CA70,5611066%
Source: The Apple Valley, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.