Coachella 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.
IndexCoachellaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index103137100
IndexCoachellaCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index102109100
Groceries index113118100
Health care index108111100
Housing index86189100
Transportation index132130100
Utilities index113112100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Coachella, CA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Coachella, CA is 103, which is 25% lower than the California average and 3% 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 Coachella, CA are 7% lower than the average for California and 2% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Coachella is 25% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Coachella is 3% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Coachella is 14% lower 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Coachella, CA to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Coachella, CA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Coachella, CA salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$49,761$4,147$1,161$1,493
Renters$26,692$2,224$623$801
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Coachella, 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 Coachella, CA have a median income of $49,761. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,161 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $26,692, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $623.

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 Coachella, 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

ItemCoachellaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.86$15.5621.1%
Beauty Salon $54.73$36.1151.6%
Toothpaste $2.88$2.4716.6%
Shampoo $1.20$0.9624.4%
Movie $12.99$10.1328.3%
Bowling $5.06$4.746.9%

Groceries

ItemCoachellaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.82$3.9821.1%
Fried Chicken $1.41$1.410.2%
Milk $1.98$2.064.1%
Potatoes $2.77$2.987.1%
Pizza $9.49$9.470.2%
Beer $10.36$8.7917.8%

Health Care

ItemCoachellaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.12$101.041.1%
Doctor $105.00$107.442.3%
Dentist $103.33$90.4214.3%
Ibuprofen $11.77$9.2826.8%
Lipitor $429.20$426.500.6%

Housing

ItemCoachellaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $143,600.00$175,700.0018.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,732.66$1,133.23141.1%
Apartment Rent $890.00$920.003.3%

Transportation

ItemCoachellaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.87$1.9943.9%
Tire Balancing $47.56$45.763.9%

Utilities

ItemCoachellaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$199.86$163.8122.0%
Phone $28.79$28.391.4%
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.
Desert Edge, CA4,24488-12%
Thermal, CA3,57087-13%
North Shore, CA3,18494-6%
Sky Valley, CA2,49396-4%
Mecca, CA8,91296-4%
Coachella, CA42,5761033%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Cutler Bay, FL42,5731066%
Burke, VA42,52815454%
Concord, NH42,51411818%
Fairfield, OH42,64393-7%
Danville, VA42,70478-22%
Coachella, CA42,5761033%
Source: The Coachella, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.