Encinitas 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.
Cost of living index181135100
Goods & Services index105107100
Groceries index109117100
Health care index111109100
Housing index344189100
Transportation index124125100
Utilities index122116100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Encinitas, CA is displayed above. In Encinitas, CA, the overall cost of living index is 181, which is 34% higher than the California average and 81% 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 Encinitas, CA, the city's goods and services are 1% lower than the California average and 5% higher than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Encinitas is 34% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Encinitas is 81% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Encinitas is 244% 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Encinitas, CA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Encinitas, CA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Encinitas, CA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Encinitas, CA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Encinitas, CA homeowners have a median income of $112,425. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,623 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $59,222, which means there is a maximum of $1,382 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

California Sales Tax

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California Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Encinitas, 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%, and the California sales tax is 7.5%. 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 12.3% in California.

Goods & Services

ItemEncinitasNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.53$14.5927.0%
Beauty Salon $57.27$34.6865.1%
Toothpaste $2.74$2.4710.8%
Shampoo $1.11$1.028.6%
Movie $12.40$9.8725.7%
Bowling $5.52$4.3925.7%


ItemEncinitasNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.54$1.465.2%
Milk $2.54$2.367.8%
Potatoes $3.32$3.068.4%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.38$8.638.7%

Health Care

ItemEncinitasNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.65$99.784.9%
Doctor $109.87$105.034.6%
Dentist $109.00$88.7022.9%
Ibuprofen $12.99$9.4138.0%
Lipitor $280.93$298.505.9%


ItemEncinitasNational avg.Difference
Home Price $720,800.00$175,700.00310.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,436.52$1,081.03125.4%
Apartment Rent $1,737.00$920.0088.8%


ItemEncinitasNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.74$2.0931.0%
Tire Balancing $47.16$45.294.1%


ItemEncinitasNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$214.73$170.8025.7%
Phone $33.30$28.2617.8%
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.

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Escondido, CA147,60313030%
Vista, CA96,18113232%
Oceanside, CA171,40013434%
San Marcos, CA87,80813636%
Camp Pendleton South, CA12,69114040%
Encinitas, CA61,00818181%

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Encinitas, CA61,00818181%
Source: The Encinitas, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.