Columbia 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.
IndexColumbiaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index111135100
IndexColumbiaCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index106107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index102109100
Housing index109189100
Transportation index120125100
Utilities index116116100

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  • The cost of living in Columbia is 18% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Columbia is 11% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Columbia is 9% 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$53,400$4,450$1,246$1,602
Renters$25,867$2,156$604$776

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%

Goods & Services

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.00$14.592.8%
Beauty Salon $38.60$34.6811.3%
Toothpaste $3.23$2.4730.6%
Shampoo $1.33$1.0230.1%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $4.13$4.396.0%

Groceries

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.71$4.485.2%
Fried Chicken $1.67$1.4614.1%
Milk $2.88$2.3622.2%
Potatoes $3.59$3.0617.3%
Pizza $13.29$9.2443.8%
Beer $8.99$8.634.1%

Health Care

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $126.33$99.7826.6%
Doctor $101.25$105.033.6%
Dentist $85.71$88.703.4%
Ibuprofen $11.39$9.4121.0%
Lipitor $310.31$298.504.0%

Housing

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $187,200.00$175,700.006.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,229.16$1,081.0313.7%
Apartment Rent $1,044.00$920.0013.5%

Transportation

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.52$2.0920.5%
Tire Balancing $54.04$45.2919.3%

Utilities

ItemColumbiaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$231.09$170.8035.3%
Phone $24.95$28.2611.7%
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.
Groveland, CA7251055%
San Andreas, CA2,8291066%
Jamestown, CA3,3941066%
East Sonora, CA2,1681099%
Tuolumne City, CA1,82411010%
Columbia, CA2,45611111%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH2,45611010%
Hickman, KY2,45580-20%
Bellevue, ID2,4571022%
Spring Grove, PA2,45599-1%
Hartley, CA2,45814444%
Columbia, CA2,45611111%
Source: The Columbia, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.