Guerneville 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.
IndexGuernevilleCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index137137100
IndexGuernevilleCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index119109100
Groceries index131118100
Health care index119111100
Housing index172189100
Transportation index136130100
Utilities index107112100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Guerneville, CA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Guerneville, CA is 137, which is equal to the California average and 37% 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 Guerneville, CA are 9% higher than the average for California and 19% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Guerneville is equal to the California average.
  • The cost of living in Guerneville is 37% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Guerneville is 72% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Guerneville, CA to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Guerneville, CA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Guerneville, CA salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$66,705$5,559$1,556$2,001
Renters$22,270$1,856$520$668
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Guerneville, CA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Guerneville, CA, the median monthly income is $66,705 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,556 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $22,270, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $520 on monthly rental expenses.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
The California sales tax and California income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Guerneville, CA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The California sales tax is 7.5% and the maximum surtax is 10%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The California income tax rates range from 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemGuernevilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.71$15.5620.2%
Beauty Salon $73.90$36.11104.7%
Toothpaste $3.20$2.4729.6%
Shampoo $1.17$0.9621.2%
Movie $12.75$10.1325.9%
Bowling $5.89$4.7424.5%

Groceries

ItemGuernevilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.13$3.983.7%
Fried Chicken $1.76$1.4124.8%
Milk $3.03$2.0646.8%
Potatoes $3.32$2.9811.2%
Pizza $11.00$9.4716.1%
Beer $9.59$8.799.0%

Health Care

ItemGuernevilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $122.57$101.0421.3%
Doctor $129.25$107.4420.3%
Dentist $118.69$90.4231.3%
Ibuprofen $11.70$9.2826.1%
Lipitor $391.33$426.508.2%

Housing

ItemGuernevilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $341,900.00$175,700.0094.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,530.00$1,133.23211.5%
Apartment Rent $1,098.00$920.0019.3%

Transportation

ItemGuernevilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.89$1.9945.0%
Tire Balancing $53.17$45.7616.2%

Utilities

ItemGuernevilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$203.84$163.8124.4%
Phone $24.12$28.3915.0%
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.
Carmet, CA1412222%
Salmon Creek, CA5912222%
Valley Ford, CA1671066%
Monte Rio, CA1,03112929%
Roseland, CA5,55613030%
Guerneville, CA3,77513737%

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Frackville, PA3,77586-14%
National Harbor, MD3,77612020%
North Hudson, WI3,7761066%
Canterwood, WA3,77713333%
Bunker Hill Village, TX3,777248148%
Guerneville, CA3,77513737%
Source: The Guerneville, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.