Lemon Grove 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.
IndexLemon GroveCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index125135100
IndexLemon GroveCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index105107100
Groceries index109117100
Health care index111109100
Housing index155189100
Transportation index124125100
Utilities index122116100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Lemon Grove, CA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Lemon Grove, CA is 125, which is 8% lower than the California average and 25% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Lemon Grove, CA are 1% lower than the California average and 5% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Lemon Grove is 8% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Lemon Grove is 25% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lemon Grove is 55% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Lemon Grove, 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 Lemon Grove, CA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Lemon Grove, 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)
Owners$73,099$6,092$1,706$2,193
Renters$35,677$2,973$832$1,070
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 Lemon Grove, 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. Lemon Grove, CA has a median income of about $73,099 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,706 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $35,677. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $832 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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Lemon Grove, 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

ItemLemon GroveNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.53$14.5927.0%
Beauty Salon $57.27$34.6865.1%
Toothpaste $2.74$2.4710.8%
Shampoo $1.11$1.028.6%
Movie $12.40$9.8725.7%
Bowling $5.52$4.3925.7%

Groceries

ItemLemon GroveNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.54$1.465.2%
Milk $2.54$2.367.8%
Potatoes $3.32$3.068.4%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.38$8.638.7%

Health Care

ItemLemon GroveNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.65$99.784.9%
Doctor $109.87$105.034.6%
Dentist $109.00$88.7022.9%
Ibuprofen $12.99$9.4138.0%
Lipitor $280.93$298.505.9%

Housing

ItemLemon GroveNational avg.Difference
Home Price $295,200.00$175,700.0068.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,436.52$1,081.03125.4%
Apartment Rent $1,152.00$920.0025.2%

Transportation

ItemLemon GroveNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.74$2.0931.0%
Tire Balancing $47.16$45.294.1%

Utilities

ItemLemon GroveNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$214.73$170.8025.7%
Phone $33.30$28.2617.8%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Spring Valley, CA1,0001088%
Bostonia, CA16,46012020%
National City, CA59,54312020%
La Presa, CA34,73912424%
Lakeside, CA21,07912727%
Lemon Grove, CA25,96312525%

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Shirley, NY25,93113535%
Soledad, CA26,00811010%
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South Pasadena, CA25,91418989%
Batavia, IL25,90511313%
Lemon Grove, CA25,96312525%
Source: The Lemon Grove, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.