Central 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.
IndexFresnoFresnoCalifornia
Cost of living index96106136
IndexFresnoFresnoCalifornia
Goods & Services index100100107
Groceries index106106117
Health care index102102109
Housing index72105189
Transportation index115115125
Utilities index119119116

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  • The cost of living in Central is 29% lower than the Fresno average.
  • The cost of living in Central is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Central is 28% lower 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)
Household$25,218$2,102$588$757

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%

Goods & Services

ItemFresnoNational 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%

Groceries

ItemFresnoNational 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

ItemFresnoNational 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%

Housing

ItemFresnoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $195,900.00$181,400.008.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,207.72$1,081.0311.7%
Apartment Rent $874.00$889.001.7%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemFresnoNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Biola, CA88587-13%
Calwa, CA1,35089-11%
Monmouth, CA9493-7%
Parkwood, CA2,71295-5%
Parlier, CA14,43994-6%
Fresno, CA495,7771066%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Tucson, AZ521,69594-6%
Sacramento, CA467,46711717%
Long Beach, CA463,58913939%
Kansas City, MO459,77291-9%
Albuquerque, NM545,08396-4%
Fresno, CA495,7771066%
Source: The Central, Fresno, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.