Livermore 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.
IndexLivermoreCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index146136100
IndexLivermoreCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index104107100
Groceries index110117100
Health care index103109100
Housing index236189100
Transportation index114125100
Utilities index113116100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Livermore, CA is shown above. Compared to the state average of California the cost of living index in Livermore, CA is 146, which is 8% higher than the average in California and compared to the national average it is 46% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Livermore, CA goods and services come in at 2% lower than the average in California and are 4% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Livermore is 8% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Livermore is 46% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Livermore is 136% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Livermore, CA to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Livermore, CA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Livermore, CA salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$115,425$9,619$2,693$3,463
Renters$56,960$4,747$1,329$1,709
The affordability of the housing market in Livermore, CA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Livermore, CA homeowners, the median income is $115,425. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,693 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $56,960. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,329 used for their rent related monthly costs.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Livermore, CA, the California income tax and the California sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The California maximum surtax is 10%, and the California sales tax is 7.5%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 1% to 12.3% in California.

Goods & Services

ItemLivermoreNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.49$14.5913.0%
Beauty Salon $43.50$34.6825.4%
Toothpaste $2.39$2.473.4%
Shampoo $1.39$1.0236.0%
Movie $10.25$9.873.9%
Bowling $4.00$4.398.9%

Groceries

ItemLivermoreNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.15$4.4815.0%
Fried Chicken $1.61$1.4610.0%
Milk $2.76$2.3617.1%
Potatoes $3.19$3.064.2%
Pizza $13.17$9.2442.5%
Beer $8.99$8.634.1%

Health Care

ItemLivermoreNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $134.00$99.7834.3%
Doctor $91.50$105.0312.9%
Dentist $92.00$88.703.7%
Ibuprofen $10.75$9.4114.2%
Lipitor $316.62$298.506.1%

Housing

ItemLivermoreNational avg.Difference
Home Price $490,800.00$181,400.00170.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,906.33$1,081.0376.3%
Apartment Rent $1,389.00$889.0056.2%

Transportation

ItemLivermoreNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.53$2.0921.1%
Tire Balancing $43.33$45.294.3%

Utilities

ItemLivermoreNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$231.09$170.8035.3%
Phone $22.99$28.2618.6%
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.
Byron, CA1,14914141%
Newark, CA42,71215050%
Mountain House, CA9,99614848%
Dublin, CA45,79916767%
Fremont, CA215,18816868%
Livermore, CA81,08614646%

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Champaign, IL81,08394-6%
Danbury, CT81,05713434%
Hoover, AL81,1321088%
Gary, IN81,15389-11%
Longview, TX80,93193-7%
Livermore, CA81,08614646%
Source: The Livermore, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.