Davis 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.
IndexDavisCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index155135100
IndexDavisCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index106107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index102109100
Housing index253189100
Transportation index120125100
Utilities index116116100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Davis, CA is shown above. Compared to the state average of California the cost of living index in Davis, CA is 155, which is 14% higher than the average in California and compared to the national average it is 55% 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 Davis, CA goods and services come in at 1% lower than the average in California and are 6% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Davis is 14% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Davis is 55% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Davis is 153% 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$122,140$10,178$2,850$3,665
Renters$31,459$2,622$734$944
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Davis, 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 Davis, CA homeowners, is $122,140. This would allow for a maximum of $2,850 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $31,459 which would result in a maximum of $734 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%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Davis, CA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for California, as well as the rate for income tax in California. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for California is 10%, and the sales tax in the state of California is 7.5%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in California starts from 1% and goes up to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemDavisNational 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

ItemDavisNational 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

ItemDavisNational 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

ItemDavisNational avg.Difference
Home Price $532,800.00$175,700.00203.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,229.16$1,081.0313.7%
Apartment Rent $1,247.00$920.0035.5%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemDavisNational 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.
Yolo, CA5611099%
Madison, CA52611111%
University of California Davis, CA6,73511313%
Sacramento, CA476,07511616%
West Sacramento, CA49,94611717%
Davis, CA66,09315555%

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Schenectady, NY66,05599-1%
St. Cloud, MN66,03896-4%
Fort Myers, FL66,16797-3%
Youngstown, OH66,01373-27%
Palo Alto, CA65,998222122%
Davis, CA66,09315555%
Source: The Davis, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.