La Cañada Flintridge 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.
IndexLa Cañada FlintridgeCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index287137100
IndexLa Cañada FlintridgeCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index107109100
Groceries index112118100
Health care index110111100
Housing index697189100
Transportation index134130100
Utilities index107112100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the La Cañada Flintridge, CA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in La Cañada Flintridge, CA is 287, which is 110% higher than the California average and 187% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in La Cañada Flintridge, CA are 2% lower than the average for California and 7% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in La Cañada Flintridge is 110% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in La Cañada Flintridge is 187% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in La Cañada Flintridge is 597% 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$167,031$13,919$3,897$5,011
Renters$62,000$5,167$1,447$1,860
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 La Cañada Flintridge, 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. La Cañada Flintridge, CA has a median income of about $167,031 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $3,897 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $62,000. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,447 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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 La Cañada Flintridge, 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

ItemLa Cañada FlintridgeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.79$15.5620.7%
Beauty Salon $59.40$36.1164.5%
Toothpaste $2.83$2.4714.3%
Shampoo $1.20$0.9624.4%
Movie $14.81$10.1346.2%
Bowling $6.45$4.7436.2%

Groceries

ItemLa Cañada FlintridgeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.60$3.9815.5%
Fried Chicken $1.24$1.4111.6%
Milk $2.03$2.061.5%
Potatoes $2.66$2.9810.9%
Pizza $10.99$9.4716.0%
Beer $10.22$8.7916.2%

Health Care

ItemLa Cañada FlintridgeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.40$101.0419.2%
Doctor $104.83$107.442.4%
Dentist $106.00$90.4217.2%
Ibuprofen $11.88$9.2828.0%
Lipitor $429.87$426.500.8%

Housing

ItemLa Cañada FlintridgeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $1,586,300.00$175,700.00802.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,409.78$1,133.23112.6%
Apartment Rent $2,001.00$920.00117.5%

Transportation

ItemLa Cañada FlintridgeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.97$1.9949.0%
Tire Balancing $45.40$45.760.8%

Utilities

ItemLa Cañada FlintridgeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$179.98$163.819.9%
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.

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La Cañada Flintridge, CA20,477287187%

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La Cañada Flintridge, CA20,477287187%
Source: The La Cañada Flintridge, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.