Castroville 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.
IndexCastrovilleCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index128137100
IndexCastrovilleCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index125109100
Groceries index143118100
Health care index133111100
Housing index131189100
Transportation index130130100
Utilities index109112100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Castroville, CA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Castroville, CA is 128, which is 6% lower than the California average and 28% 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 Castroville, CA are 14% higher than the average for California and 25% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Castroville is 6% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Castroville is 28% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Castroville is 31% 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$63,667$5,306$1,485$1,910
Renters$41,722$3,477$973$1,252
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Castroville, CA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Castroville, CA homeowners have a median income of $63,667. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,485 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $41,722, which means there is a maximum of $973 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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 Castroville, 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

ItemCastrovilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.55$15.5612.7%
Beauty Salon $40.77$36.1112.9%
Toothpaste $3.61$2.4745.8%
Shampoo $1.23$0.9627.1%
Movie $12.35$10.1321.9%
Bowling $7.64$4.7461.3%

Groceries

ItemCastrovilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $6.33$3.9858.8%
Fried Chicken $2.69$1.4191.3%
Milk $2.92$2.0641.3%
Potatoes $4.70$2.9857.6%
Pizza $13.06$9.4737.8%
Beer $9.48$8.797.8%

Health Care

ItemCastrovilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $151.96$101.0450.4%
Doctor $141.39$107.4431.6%
Dentist $138.51$90.4253.2%
Ibuprofen $10.75$9.2815.8%
Lipitor $420.03$426.501.5%

Housing

ItemCastrovilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $253,600.00$175,700.0044.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $6,195.07$1,133.23446.7%
Apartment Rent $932.00$920.001.3%

Transportation

ItemCastrovilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.74$1.9937.6%
Tire Balancing $51.66$45.7612.9%

Utilities

ItemCastrovilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$204.04$163.8124.6%
Phone $24.95$28.3912.1%
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.
Boronda, CA1,27811818%
Chualar, CA1,25512121%
Salinas, CA154,07713131%
Pajaro, CA2,95713434%
Amesti, CA3,21313636%
Castroville, CA6,22612828%

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Castroville, CA6,22612828%
Source: The Castroville, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.