Kentfield 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 index217135100
Goods & Services index115107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index119109100
Housing index448189100
Transportation index131125100
Utilities index108116100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Kentfield, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Kentfield, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 217. This index is 60% higher than the California average, and 117% 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 Kentfield, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 8% higher than it is in California, and it is 15% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Kentfield is 60% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Kentfield is 117% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Kentfield is 348% 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

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A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Kentfield, CA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Kentfield, CA has a median income of about $237,868 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $5,550 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $61,172. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,427 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

California Sales Tax

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California Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Kentfield, 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

ItemKentfieldNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.44$14.5926.4%
Beauty Salon $59.40$34.6871.3%
Toothpaste $3.14$2.4727.0%
Shampoo $1.09$1.026.7%
Movie $11.00$9.8711.5%
Bowling $6.63$4.3951.0%


ItemKentfieldNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.97$4.4811.3%
Fried Chicken $2.07$1.4641.4%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.69$3.0620.5%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $9.93$8.6315.0%

Health Care

ItemKentfieldNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.44$99.7820.7%
Doctor $127.57$105.0321.5%
Dentist $122.43$88.7038.0%
Ibuprofen $11.97$9.4127.2%
Lipitor $254.50$298.5014.7%


ItemKentfieldNational avg.Difference
Home Price $1,351,400.00$175,700.00669.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,294.70$1,081.03204.8%
Apartment Rent $1,513.00$920.0064.5%


ItemKentfieldNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.80$2.0933.8%
Tire Balancing $55.37$45.2922.3%


ItemKentfieldNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$213.39$170.8024.9%
Phone $24.12$28.2614.6%
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 Pablo, CA29,51611515%
Rollingwood, CA2,83211616%
Montalvin Manor, CA3,05511616%
North Richmond, CA3,92612121%
Richmond, CA106,46912727%
Kentfield, CA6,667217117%

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Green Hill, TN6,6671022%
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Belfast, ME6,6641088%
Howland Center, OH6,67085-15%
Kentfield, CA6,667217117%
Source: The Kentfield, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.