Lake Arrowhead 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.
IndexLake ArrowheadCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index126138100
IndexLake ArrowheadCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index108110100
Groceries index114115100
Health care index105109100
Housing index159196100
Transportation index132125100
Utilities index103114100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Lake Arrowhead, CA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Lake Arrowhead, CA being 126, that puts it 9% lower than the average of California and 26% 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 Lake Arrowhead, CA, the price of goods and services are 1% lower than the average of California as well as 8% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Lake Arrowhead is 9% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Lake Arrowhead is 26% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lake Arrowhead is 59% higher than the national average.
  • California general sales tax is 42% 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$73,839$6,153$1,723$2,215
Renters$42,262$3,522$986$1,268
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Lake Arrowhead, 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 Lake Arrowhead, CA homeowners, is $73,839. This would allow for a maximum of $1,723 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $42,262 which would result in a maximum of $986 to be spent on rental costs.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.25%10.25%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%13.3%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Lake Arrowhead, CA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for California, as well as the rate for income tax in California. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for California is 10.25%, and the sales tax in the state of California is 7.25%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in California starts from 1% and goes up to 13.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemLake ArrowheadNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.43$16.0927.0%
Beauty Salon $60.87$37.3363.0%
Toothpaste $2.55$2.454.2%
Shampoo $1.29$1.0028.9%
Movie $13.65$10.2832.8%
Bowling $6.68$4.9335.5%

Groceries

ItemLake ArrowheadNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$3.8018.0%
Fried Chicken $1.04$1.4025.8%
Milk $2.23$2.0110.9%
Potatoes $2.77$3.018.1%
Pizza $10.99$9.8911.2%
Beer $9.88$8.9011.0%

Health Care

ItemLake ArrowheadNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $101.17$102.161.0%
Doctor $96.00$108.3611.4%
Dentist $106.60$92.5315.2%
Ibuprofen $12.77$9.2837.6%
Lipitor $409.56$425.823.8%

Housing

ItemLake ArrowheadNational avg.Difference
Home Price $323,400.00$184,700.0075.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,375.06$1,202.44180.7%
Apartment Rent $1,159.00$949.0022.1%

Transportation

ItemLake ArrowheadNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $3.03$2.2434.9%
Tire Balancing $59.13$46.2927.7%

Utilities

ItemLake ArrowheadNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$190.81$165.9615.0%
Phone $25.97$28.689.5%
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.
Lucerne Valley, CA5,26399-1%
San Bernardino, CA214,5811077%
Muscoy, CA13,0251077%
Crestline, CA8,9001088%
Hesperia, CA92,6641088%
Lake Arrowhead, CA11,30712626%

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Winton, CA11,30998-2%
Lyndon, KY11,31096-4%
Hillsborough, CA11,312340240%
Lake Arrowhead, CA11,30712626%
Source: The Lake Arrowhead, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.