Irvine 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.
IndexIrvineCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index176137100
IndexIrvineCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index107109100
Groceries index113118100
Health care index107111100
Housing index325189100
Transportation index138130100
Utilities index103112100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Irvine, CA is shown above. Compared to the state average of California the cost of living index in Irvine, CA is 176, which is 29% higher than the average in California and compared to the national average it is 76% 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 Irvine, CA goods and services come in at 2% lower than the average in California and are 7% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Irvine is 29% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Irvine is 76% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Irvine is 225% 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$123,311$10,276$2,877$3,700
Renters$69,689$5,807$1,626$2,091
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Irvine, 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 Irvine, CA homeowners, is $123,311. This would allow for a maximum of $2,877 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $69,689 which would result in a maximum of $1,626 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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Irvine, 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

ItemIrvineNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.80$15.5620.8%
Beauty Salon $61.40$36.1170.1%
Toothpaste $2.67$2.478.0%
Shampoo $1.20$0.9624.4%
Movie $13.02$10.1328.5%
Bowling $6.27$4.7432.4%

Groceries

ItemIrvineNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.66$3.9816.9%
Fried Chicken $1.35$1.414.3%
Milk $1.98$2.064.1%
Potatoes $2.54$2.9814.7%
Pizza $10.99$9.4716.0%
Beer $10.36$8.7917.8%

Health Care

ItemIrvineNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $101.11$101.040.1%
Doctor $96.33$107.4410.3%
Dentist $106.10$90.4217.3%
Ibuprofen $11.77$9.2826.8%
Lipitor $433.14$426.501.6%

Housing

ItemIrvineNational avg.Difference
Home Price $662,200.00$175,700.00276.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,096.05$1,133.23173.2%
Apartment Rent $1,863.00$920.00102.5%

Transportation

ItemIrvineNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $3.05$1.9953.1%
Tire Balancing $47.53$45.763.9%

Utilities

ItemIrvineNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$170.50$163.814.1%
Phone $29.19$28.392.8%
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.
Home Gardens, CA11,70111515%
Laguna Woods, CA16,30211616%
Stanton, CA38,45512424%
Corona, CA157,39513232%
Santa Ana, CA331,26613232%
Irvine, CA229,85017676%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Baton Rouge, LA229,35395-5%
Reno, NV231,1031077%
Chesapeake, VA228,16811313%
Glendale, AZ231,97893-7%
Garland, TX232,30597-3%
Irvine, CA229,85017676%
Source: The Irvine, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.