Cupertino 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.
IndexCupertinoCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index248138100
IndexCupertinoCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index122110100
Groceries index126115100
Health care index123109100
Housing index542196100
Transportation index130125100
Utilities index114114100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Cupertino, CA is displayed above. In Cupertino, CA, the overall cost of living index is 248, which is 80% higher than the California average and 148% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Cupertino, CA, the city's goods and services are 11% higher than the California average and 22% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Cupertino is 80% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Cupertino is 148% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Cupertino is 442% higher than the national average.
  • California general sales tax is 42% 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$166,972$13,914$3,896$5,010
Renters$127,743$10,645$2,980$3,833
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Cupertino, 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 Cupertino, CA homeowners, is $166,972. This would allow for a maximum of $3,896 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $127,743 which would result in a maximum of $2,980 to be spent on rental costs.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.25%10.25%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%13.3%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Cupertino, CA, the California income tax and the California sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The California maximum surtax is 10.25%, and the California sales tax is 7.25%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 1% to 13.3% in California.

Goods & Services

ItemCupertinoNational avg.Difference
Haircut $21.86$16.0935.9%
Beauty Salon $69.62$37.3386.5%
Toothpaste $3.23$2.4532.0%
Shampoo $1.20$1.0019.6%
Movie $11.67$10.2813.6%
Bowling $6.78$4.9337.4%

Groceries

ItemCupertinoNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.25$3.8011.8%
Fried Chicken $1.51$1.408.1%
Milk $2.74$2.0136.6%
Potatoes $3.56$3.0118.1%
Pizza $12.11$9.8922.5%
Beer $9.55$8.907.3%

Health Care

ItemCupertinoNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.71$102.1618.2%
Doctor $138.93$108.3628.2%
Dentist $122.57$92.5332.5%
Ibuprofen $11.92$9.2828.4%
Lipitor $416.12$425.822.3%

Housing

ItemCupertinoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $1,214,300.00$184,700.00557.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,702.60$1,202.44124.8%
Apartment Rent $2,579.00$949.00171.8%

Transportation

ItemCupertinoNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.93$2.2430.3%
Tire Balancing $60.44$46.2930.6%

Utilities

ItemCupertinoNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$230.24$165.9638.7%
Phone $24.33$28.6815.2%
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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Loma Mar, CA15012727%
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Boulder Creek, CA4,44215252%
Alum Rock, CA11,87715555%
Cupertino, CA60,297248148%

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Cupertino, CA60,297248148%
Source: The Cupertino, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.