Bret Harte 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.
IndexBret HarteCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index94138100
IndexBret HarteCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index103110100
Groceries index104115100
Health care index107109100
Housing index60196100
Transportation index115125100
Utilities index124114100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Bret Harte, CA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Bret Harte, CA is 94, which is 32% lower than the California average and 6% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Bret Harte, CA are 7% lower than the California average and 3% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Bret Harte is 32% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Bret Harte is 6% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bret Harte is 40% lower than the national average.
  • California general sales tax is 42% 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$42,014$3,501$980$1,261
Renters$24,410$2,034$570$732
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Bret Harte, CA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Bret Harte, CA have a median income of $42,014. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $980 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $24,410, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $570.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.25%10.25%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%13.3%
The California sales tax and California income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Bret Harte, 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 7.25% and the maximum surtax is 10.25%. 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 13.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemBret HarteNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.14$16.0912.8%
Beauty Salon $41.10$37.3310.1%
Toothpaste $4.95$2.45102.1%
Shampoo $1.17$1.0016.8%
Movie $10.60$10.283.1%
Bowling $6.04$4.9322.5%

Groceries

ItemBret HarteNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.88$3.802.1%
Fried Chicken $1.25$1.4010.6%
Milk $2.37$2.0118.1%
Potatoes $2.63$3.0112.6%
Pizza $13.59$9.8937.5%
Beer $9.01$8.901.3%

Health Care

ItemBret HarteNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $129.44$102.1626.7%
Doctor $102.53$108.365.4%
Dentist $108.32$92.5317.1%
Ibuprofen $10.13$9.289.1%
Lipitor $418.44$425.821.7%

Housing

ItemBret HarteNational avg.Difference
Home Price $78,400.00$184,700.0057.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,330.75$1,202.4410.7%
Apartment Rent $959.00$949.001.1%

Transportation

ItemBret HarteNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.76$2.2423.1%
Tire Balancing $46.11$46.290.4%

Utilities

ItemBret HarteNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$259.33$165.9656.3%
Phone $24.98$28.6812.9%
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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Bystrom, CA3,86595-5%
Bret Harte, CA5,31594-6%

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Source: The Bret Harte, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.