Belmont 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 index207135100
Goods & Services index115107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index119109100
Housing index415189100
Transportation index131125100
Utilities index108116100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Belmont, CA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Belmont, CA is 207, which is 53% higher than the California average and 107% 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 Belmont, CA are 8% higher than the average for California and 15% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Belmont is 53% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Belmont is 107% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Belmont is 315% 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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The salary calculator allows you to compare how much your current salary in Belmont, CA would be worth in another city. In other words, the salary calculator will adjust the figure you enter for cost of living so that you can determine how much more or much less you would need to earn while maintaining your current quality of living. If you are considering relocating to a more expensive city than Belmont, CA, the calculator will tell you how much more you need to earn so you can assess job offers more accurately. The Belmont, CA salary calculator is easy to use. All you do is enter the name of another city, then move the slider to your current income. After that, the salary calculator will crunch the numbers for you and give you the information you need about the place you are considering going. Additionally, it will show a detailed breakdown of the cost of living.

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 Belmont, 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. Belmont, CA has a median income of about $149,575 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $3,490 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $62,500. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,458 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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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Belmont, CA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for California, as well as the rate for income tax in California. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for California is 10%, and the sales tax in the state of California is 7.5%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in California starts from 1% and goes up to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemBelmontNational 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%


ItemBelmontNational 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

ItemBelmontNational 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%


ItemBelmontNational avg.Difference
Home Price $910,600.00$175,700.00418.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,294.70$1,081.03204.8%
Apartment Rent $1,588.00$920.0072.6%


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


ItemBelmontNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Mountain View, CA2,29912626%
Ashland, CA23,36012828%
Cherryland, CA15,24412929%
Hayward, CA149,59613636%
San Lorenzo, CA24,56313939%
Belmont, CA26,503207107%

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Florence, AZ26,51385-15%
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Casselberry, FL26,52092-8%
Horn Lake, MS26,48685-15%
Fremont, NE26,48387-13%
Belmont, CA26,503207107%
Source: The Belmont, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.