Hercules 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.
IndexHerculesCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index143137100
IndexHerculesCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index115109100
Groceries index131118100
Health care index117111100
Housing index199189100
Transportation index129130100
Utilities index107112100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Hercules, CA is displayed above. In Hercules, CA, the overall cost of living index is 143, which is 5% higher than the California average and 43% 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 Hercules, CA, the city's goods and services are 5% higher than the California average and 15% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Hercules is 5% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Hercules is 43% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Hercules is 99% 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 Hercules, 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 Hercules, CA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Hercules, 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)
Owners$114,115$9,510$2,663$3,424
Renters$45,833$3,819$1,069$1,375
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Hercules, 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 Hercules, CA homeowners have a median income of $114,115. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,663 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $45,833, which means there is a maximum of $1,069 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Hercules, CA you will want to make sure you consider both the California sales tax and the California income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in California is 7.5%, with the highest surtax being 10%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in California have a range from 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemHerculesNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.52$15.566.2%
Beauty Salon $68.42$36.1189.5%
Toothpaste $3.21$2.4729.7%
Shampoo $1.11$0.9614.7%
Movie $12.69$10.1325.3%
Bowling $5.75$4.7421.5%

Groceries

ItemHerculesNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.92$3.981.7%
Fried Chicken $1.51$1.417.1%
Milk $3.08$2.0649.4%
Potatoes $3.69$2.9823.7%
Pizza $11.00$9.4716.1%
Beer $9.63$8.799.5%

Health Care

ItemHerculesNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $119.20$101.0418.0%
Doctor $129.20$107.4420.3%
Dentist $113.36$90.4225.4%
Ibuprofen $11.72$9.2826.3%
Lipitor $396.41$426.507.1%

Housing

ItemHerculesNational avg.Difference
Home Price $372,900.00$175,700.00112.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,671.73$1,133.23135.8%
Apartment Rent $1,554.00$920.0068.9%

Transportation

ItemHerculesNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.75$1.9938.0%
Tire Balancing $49.52$45.768.2%

Utilities

ItemHerculesNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$203.40$163.8124.2%
Phone $24.33$28.3914.3%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Pacheco, CA4,2951088%
San Pablo, CA29,51611616%
Rollingwood, CA2,83211616%
Montalvin Manor, CA3,05511717%
North Richmond, CA3,92612121%
Hercules, CA24,59614343%

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Hercules, CA24,59614343%
Source: The Hercules, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.