Highland 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.
IndexHighlandCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index116135100
IndexHighlandCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index104107100
Groceries index109117100
Health care index104109100
Housing index132189100
Transportation index127125100
Utilities index113116100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Highland, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Highland, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 116. This index is 14% lower than the California average, and 16% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Highland, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in California, and it is 4% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Highland is 14% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Highland is 16% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Highland is 32% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$76,094$6,341$1,775$2,283
Renters$31,009$2,584$723$930
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Highland, CA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Highland, CA homeowners, is $76,094. This would allow for a maximum of $1,775 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $31,009 which would result in a maximum of $723 to be spent on rental costs.

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 Highland, 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

ItemHighlandNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.89$14.5929.4%
Beauty Salon $60.96$34.6875.8%
Toothpaste $2.59$2.474.7%
Shampoo $1.09$1.026.7%
Movie $12.50$9.8726.7%
Bowling $5.79$4.3931.8%

Groceries

ItemHighlandNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.74$1.4618.8%
Milk $2.69$2.3614.1%
Potatoes $3.32$3.068.4%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $9.35$8.638.3%

Health Care

ItemHighlandNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.42$99.784.7%
Doctor $95.57$105.039.0%
Dentist $102.40$88.7015.4%
Ibuprofen $11.60$9.4123.2%
Lipitor $281.41$298.505.7%

Housing

ItemHighlandNational avg.Difference
Home Price $250,700.00$175,700.0042.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,759.31$1,081.03155.2%
Apartment Rent $977.00$920.006.2%

Transportation

ItemHighlandNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.61$2.0924.8%
Tire Balancing $60.00$45.2932.5%

Utilities

ItemHighlandNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$186.13$170.809.0%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
San Bernardino, CA213,0441044%
Muscoy, CA11,6741055%
Colton, CA53,1291055%
Calimesa, CA8,1431066%
Crestline, CA9,4371077%
Highland, CA54,03211616%

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Brentwood, CA54,06213737%
Normal, IL54,08295-5%
Grand Forks, ND54,09594-6%
Elyria, OH54,21691-9%
St. Peters, MO54,23698-2%
Highland, CA54,03211616%
Source: The Highland, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.