Burbank 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.
IndexBurbankCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index157135100
IndexBurbankCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index105107100
Groceries index106117100
Health care index109109100
Housing index271189100
Transportation index120125100
Utilities index112116100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Burbank, CA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Burbank, CA is 157, which is 16% higher than the California average and 57% 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 Burbank, CA are 1% lower than the average for California and 5% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Burbank is 16% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Burbank is 57% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Burbank is 171% 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 is meant to help you compare your salary in Burbank, CA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Burbank, CA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Burbank, CA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$95,088$7,924$2,219$2,853
Renters$49,657$4,138$1,159$1,490
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Burbank, 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 Burbank, CA, the median monthly income is $95,088 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,219 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $49,657, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,159 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%
The California sales tax and California income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Burbank, 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

ItemBurbankNational 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

ItemBurbankNational 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

ItemBurbankNational 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

ItemBurbankNational avg.Difference
Home Price $566,700.00$175,700.00222.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,080.63$1,081.0392.5%
Apartment Rent $1,394.00$920.0051.5%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemBurbankNational 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%
Bell, CA35,89612020%
Huntington Park, CA58,78712020%
Maywood, CA27,70312020%
East Los Angeles, CA127,61012121%
Burbank, CA104,48415757%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Green Bay, WI104,57491-9%
Palm Bay, FL104,34296-4%
Everett, WA104,70811111%
Centennial, CO104,21311919%
Wichita Falls, TX104,77181-19%
Burbank, CA104,48415757%
Source: The Burbank, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.