Laguna Niguel 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.
IndexLaguna NiguelCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index176137100
IndexLaguna NiguelCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index107109100
Groceries index113118100
Health care index107111100
Housing index326189100
Transportation index138130100
Utilities index103112100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Laguna Niguel, CA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Laguna Niguel, CA being 176, that puts it 29% higher than the average of California and 76% 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 Laguna Niguel, CA, the price of goods and services are 2% lower than the average of California as well as 7% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Laguna Niguel is 29% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Laguna Niguel is 76% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Laguna Niguel is 226% 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$121,827$10,152$2,842$3,655
Renters$65,000$5,417$1,517$1,950
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Laguna Niguel, CA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Laguna Niguel, CA homeowners have a median income of $121,827. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,842 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $65,000, which means there is a maximum of $1,517 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Laguna Niguel, 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

ItemLaguna NiguelNational 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

ItemLaguna NiguelNational 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

ItemLaguna NiguelNational 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

ItemLaguna NiguelNational avg.Difference
Home Price $668,900.00$175,700.00280.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,096.05$1,133.23173.2%
Apartment Rent $1,818.00$920.0097.6%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemLaguna NiguelNational 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.
Laguna Woods, CA16,30211616%
Santa Ana, CA331,26613232%
Aliso Viejo, CA49,43715353%
Tustin, CA77,76515353%
San Juan Capistrano, CA35,56215555%
Laguna Niguel, CA64,29917676%

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Victoria, TX64,27589-11%
Maple Grove, MN64,36411515%
Pine Hills, FL64,51688-12%
East Orange, NJ64,53811313%
Woodbury, MN64,54411818%
Laguna Niguel, CA64,29917676%
Source: The Laguna Niguel, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.