Chula Vista 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.
IndexChula VistaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index134135100
IndexChula VistaCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index105107100
Groceries index109117100
Health care index111109100
Housing index186189100
Transportation index124125100
Utilities index122116100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Chula Vista, CA is shown above. Compared to the state average of California the cost of living index in Chula Vista, CA is 134, which is 1% lower than the average in California and compared to the national average it is 34% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Chula Vista, CA goods and services come in at 1% lower than the average in California and are 5% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Chula Vista is 1% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Chula Vista is 34% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Chula Vista is 86% 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$85,882$7,157$2,004$2,577
Renters$40,860$3,405$953$1,226
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Chula Vista, CA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Chula Vista, CA homeowners, is $85,882. This would allow for a maximum of $2,004 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $40,860 which would result in a maximum of $953 to be spent on rental costs.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Chula Vista, CA is the California sales tax and California income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The California sales tax rate is 7.5% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 10%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The California income tax rates range from 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemChula VistaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.53$14.5927.0%
Beauty Salon $57.27$34.6865.1%
Toothpaste $2.74$2.4710.8%
Shampoo $1.11$1.028.6%
Movie $12.40$9.8725.7%
Bowling $5.52$4.3925.7%

Groceries

ItemChula VistaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.54$1.465.2%
Milk $2.54$2.367.8%
Potatoes $3.32$3.068.4%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.38$8.638.7%

Health Care

ItemChula VistaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.65$99.784.9%
Doctor $109.87$105.034.6%
Dentist $109.00$88.7022.9%
Ibuprofen $12.99$9.4138.0%
Lipitor $280.93$298.505.9%

Housing

ItemChula VistaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $359,500.00$175,700.00104.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,436.52$1,081.03125.4%
Apartment Rent $1,302.00$920.0041.5%

Transportation

ItemChula VistaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.74$2.0931.0%
Tire Balancing $47.16$45.294.1%

Utilities

ItemChula VistaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$214.73$170.8025.7%
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.
Spring Valley, CA1,0001088%
Bostonia, CA16,46012020%
National City, CA59,54312020%
La Presa, CA34,73912424%
Lemon Grove, CA25,96312525%
Chula Vista, CA253,03113434%

Cities with similar population

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Fort Wayne, IN255,78484-16%
Orlando, FL250,22498-2%
Jersey City, NJ255,86114141%
St. Petersburg, FL248,42994-6%
Buffalo, NY259,95980-20%
Chula Vista, CA253,03113434%
Source: The Chula Vista, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.