Jamestown 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.
Cost of living index106135100
Goods & Services index106107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index102109100
Housing index92189100
Transportation index120125100
Utilities index116116100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Jamestown, CA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Jamestown, CA being 106, that puts it 21% lower than the average of California and 6% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Jamestown, CA, the price of goods and services are 1% lower than the average of California as well as 6% higher than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Jamestown is 21% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Jamestown is 6% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Jamestown is 8% lower 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 used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Jamestown, CA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Jamestown, CA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Jamestown, CA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Jamestown, 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 Jamestown, CA, the median monthly income is $46,417 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,083 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $27,692, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $646 on monthly rental expenses.

California Sales Tax

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California Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Jamestown, CA is the California sales tax and California income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The California sales tax rate is 7.5% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 10%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The California income tax rates range from 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemJamestownNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.00$14.592.8%
Beauty Salon $38.60$34.6811.3%
Toothpaste $3.23$2.4730.6%
Shampoo $1.33$1.0230.1%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $4.13$4.396.0%


ItemJamestownNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.71$4.485.2%
Fried Chicken $1.67$1.4614.1%
Milk $2.88$2.3622.2%
Potatoes $3.59$3.0617.3%
Pizza $13.29$9.2443.8%
Beer $8.99$8.634.1%

Health Care

ItemJamestownNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $126.33$99.7826.6%
Doctor $101.25$105.033.6%
Dentist $85.71$88.703.4%
Ibuprofen $11.39$9.4121.0%
Lipitor $310.31$298.504.0%


ItemJamestownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $161,000.00$175,700.008.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,229.16$1,081.0313.7%
Apartment Rent $868.00$920.005.7%


ItemJamestownNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.52$2.0920.5%
Tire Balancing $54.04$45.2919.3%


ItemJamestownNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$231.09$170.8035.3%
Phone $24.95$28.2611.7%
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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East Sonora, CA2,1681099%
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Jamestown, CA3,3941066%

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Jamestown, CA3,3941066%
Source: The Jamestown, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.