East Los Angeles 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.
IndexEast Los AngelesCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index123137100
IndexEast Los AngelesCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index107109100
Groceries index112118100
Health care index110111100
Housing index148189100
Transportation index134130100
Utilities index107112100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the East Los Angeles, CA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in East Los Angeles, CA is 123, which is 10% lower than the California average and 23% 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 East Los Angeles, CA are 2% lower than the average for California and 7% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in East Los Angeles is 10% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in East Los Angeles is 23% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in East Los Angeles is 48% 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$55,126$4,594$1,286$1,654
Renters$31,803$2,650$742$954
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in East Los Angeles, 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 East Los Angeles, CA have a median income of $55,126. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,286 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $31,803, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $742.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
For those who live in East Los Angeles, CA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the California income tax rate and the California sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In California, the sales tax is 7.5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 10%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in California, the income tax rate ranges between 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemEast Los AngelesNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.79$15.5620.7%
Beauty Salon $59.40$36.1164.5%
Toothpaste $2.83$2.4714.3%
Shampoo $1.20$0.9624.4%
Movie $14.81$10.1346.2%
Bowling $6.45$4.7436.2%

Groceries

ItemEast Los AngelesNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.60$3.9815.5%
Fried Chicken $1.24$1.4111.6%
Milk $2.03$2.061.5%
Potatoes $2.66$2.9810.9%
Pizza $10.99$9.4716.0%
Beer $10.22$8.7916.2%

Health Care

ItemEast Los AngelesNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.40$101.0419.2%
Doctor $104.83$107.442.4%
Dentist $106.00$90.4217.2%
Ibuprofen $11.88$9.2828.0%
Lipitor $429.87$426.500.8%

Housing

ItemEast Los AngelesNational avg.Difference
Home Price $291,700.00$175,700.0066.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,409.78$1,133.23112.6%
Apartment Rent $977.00$920.006.2%

Transportation

ItemEast Los AngelesNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.97$1.9949.0%
Tire Balancing $45.40$45.760.8%

Utilities

ItemEast Los AngelesNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$179.98$163.819.9%
Phone $29.19$28.392.8%
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.
Vernon, CA591055%
Willowbrook, CA20,89711616%
Florence-Graham, CA62,81511616%
Cudahy, CA24,07311616%
Compton, CA97,66311717%
East Los Angeles, CA127,61012323%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Topeka, KS127,66086-14%
Waco, TX127,79684-16%
Cedar Rapids, IA128,00994-6%
Thousand Oaks, CA128,12616868%
Elizabeth, NJ126,96412020%
East Los Angeles, CA127,61012323%
Source: The East Los Angeles, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.