Bell 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.
IndexBellCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index120135100
IndexBellCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index105107100
Groceries index106117100
Health care index109109100
Housing index145189100
Transportation index120125100
Utilities index112116100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Bell, CA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Bell, CA being 120, that puts it 12% lower than the average of California and 20% 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 Bell, 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 Bell is 12% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Bell is 20% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bell is 45% 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$55,906$4,659$1,304$1,677
Renters$31,027$2,586$724$931
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 Bell, 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. Bell, CA has a median income of about $55,906 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,304 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $31,027. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $724 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 Bell, 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

ItemBellNational 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

ItemBellNational 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

ItemBellNational 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

ItemBellNational avg.Difference
Home Price $282,200.00$175,700.0060.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,080.63$1,081.0392.5%
Apartment Rent $993.00$920.007.9%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemBellNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Vernon, CA591033%
Willowbrook, CA20,89711313%
Florence-Graham, CA62,81511414%
Cudahy, CA24,07311414%
Compton, CA97,66311515%
Bell, CA35,89612020%

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Franklin, WI35,9201066%
Plant City, FL35,86692-8%
Bell, CA35,89612020%
Source: The Bell, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.