Atherton 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.
IndexAthertonCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index222135100
IndexAthertonCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index115107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index119109100
Housing index464189100
Transportation index131125100
Utilities index108116100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Atherton, CA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Atherton, CA being 222, that puts it 64% higher than the average of California and 122% 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 Atherton, CA, the price of goods and services are 8% higher than the average of California as well as 15% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Atherton is 64% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Atherton is 122% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Atherton is 364% 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$250,001$20,833$5,833$7,501
Renters$171,071$14,256$3,991$5,133
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Atherton, 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 Atherton, CA, the median monthly income is $250,001 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $5,833 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $171,071, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $3,991 on monthly rental expenses.

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 Atherton, 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

ItemAthertonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.44$14.5926.4%
Beauty Salon $59.40$34.6871.3%
Toothpaste $3.14$2.4727.0%
Shampoo $1.09$1.026.7%
Movie $11.00$9.8711.5%
Bowling $6.63$4.3951.0%

Groceries

ItemAthertonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.97$4.4811.3%
Fried Chicken $2.07$1.4641.4%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.69$3.0620.5%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $9.93$8.6315.0%

Health Care

ItemAthertonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.44$99.7820.7%
Doctor $127.57$105.0321.5%
Dentist $122.43$88.7038.0%
Ibuprofen $11.97$9.4127.2%
Lipitor $254.50$298.5014.7%

Housing

ItemAthertonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $6,363,700.00$175,700.003,521.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,294.70$1,081.03204.8%
Apartment Rent $2,001.00$920.00117.5%

Transportation

ItemAthertonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.80$2.0933.8%
Tire Balancing $55.37$45.2922.3%

Utilities

ItemAthertonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$213.39$170.8024.9%
Phone $24.12$28.2614.6%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Mountain View, CA2,29912626%
Hayward, CA149,59613636%
San Lorenzo, CA24,56313939%
East Palo Alto, CA28,92014343%
Burbank CDP, CA5,86914343%
Atherton, CA7,034222122%

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Atherton, CA7,034222122%
Source: The Atherton, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.