Indian Wells 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.
IndexIndian WellsCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index161135100
IndexIndian WellsCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index105107100
Groceries index109117100
Health care index111109100
Housing index277189100
Transportation index124125100
Utilities index122116100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Indian Wells, CA is shown above. Compared to the state average of California the cost of living index in Indian Wells, CA is 161, which is 19% higher than the average in California and compared to the national average it is 61% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Indian Wells, CA goods and services come in at 1% lower than the average in California and are 5% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Indian Wells is 19% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Indian Wells is 61% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Indian Wells is 177% 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$105,926$8,827$2,471$3,178
Renters$29,583$2,465$690$888
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Indian Wells, 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 Indian Wells, CA, the median monthly income is $105,926 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,471 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $29,583, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $690 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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Indian Wells, 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

ItemIndian WellsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.53$14.5927.0%
Beauty Salon $57.27$34.6865.1%
Toothpaste $2.74$2.4710.8%
Shampoo $1.11$1.028.6%
Movie $12.40$9.8725.7%
Bowling $5.52$4.3925.7%

Groceries

ItemIndian WellsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.54$1.465.2%
Milk $2.54$2.367.8%
Potatoes $3.32$3.068.4%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.38$8.638.7%

Health Care

ItemIndian WellsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.65$99.784.9%
Doctor $109.87$105.034.6%
Dentist $109.00$88.7022.9%
Ibuprofen $12.99$9.4138.0%
Lipitor $280.93$298.505.9%

Housing

ItemIndian WellsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $630,200.00$175,700.00258.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,436.52$1,081.03125.4%
Apartment Rent $797.00$920.0013.4%

Transportation

ItemIndian WellsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.74$2.0931.0%
Tire Balancing $47.16$45.294.1%

Utilities

ItemIndian WellsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$214.73$170.8025.7%
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.

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Indian Wells, CA5,08916161%

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