Fowler 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 index109135100
Goods & Services index100107100
Groceries index106117100
Health care index102109100
Housing index116189100
Transportation index115125100
Utilities index119116100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Fowler, CA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Fowler, CA is 109, which is 20% lower than the California average and 9% 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 Fowler, CA are 7% lower than the average for California and equal to the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Fowler is 20% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Fowler is 9% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fowler is 16% 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 Fowler, 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 Fowler, CA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Fowler, 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
The affordability of the housing market in Fowler, CA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Fowler, CA homeowners, the median income is $75,750. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,767 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $28,125. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $656 used for their rent related monthly costs.

California Sales Tax

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California Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Fowler, 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

ItemFowlerNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.00$14.5917.8%
Beauty Salon $46.67$34.6834.6%
Toothpaste $2.67$2.478.0%
Shampoo $1.09$1.026.7%
Movie $8.83$9.8710.5%
Bowling $4.50$4.392.5%


ItemFowlerNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.62$4.483.2%
Fried Chicken $1.39$1.465.1%
Milk $2.25$2.364.5%
Potatoes $3.49$3.0614.0%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $8.65$8.630.2%

Health Care

ItemFowlerNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $94.50$99.785.3%
Doctor $102.67$105.032.3%
Dentist $97.00$88.709.4%
Ibuprofen $11.98$9.4127.3%
Lipitor $258.91$298.5013.3%


ItemFowlerNational avg.Difference
Home Price $218,600.00$175,700.0024.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,207.72$1,081.0311.7%
Apartment Rent $876.00$920.004.8%


ItemFowlerNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.51$2.0920.0%
Tire Balancing $46.33$45.292.3%


ItemFowlerNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$246.03$170.8044.0%
Phone $23.95$28.2615.2%
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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Tooleville, CA38789-11%
London, CA2,08091-9%
Calwa, CA1,33091-9%
Lanare, CA39891-9%
Traver, CA91093-7%
Fowler, CA5,9081099%

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Fowler, CA5,9081099%
Source: The Fowler, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.