Livingston 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.
IndexLivingstonCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index106137100
IndexLivingstonCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index104109100
Groceries index103118100
Health care index108111100
Housing index96189100
Transportation index130130100
Utilities index127112100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Livingston, CA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Livingston, CA is 106, which is 22% lower than the California average and 6% 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 Livingston, CA are 5% lower than the California average and 4% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Livingston is 22% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Livingston is 6% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Livingston is 4% lower 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 Livingston, 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 Livingston, CA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Livingston, 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$56,304$4,692$1,314$1,689
Renters$32,280$2,690$753$968
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 Livingston, 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. Livingston, CA has a median income of about $56,304 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,314 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $32,280. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $753 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%
For those who live in Livingston, CA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the California income tax rate and the California sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In California, the sales tax is 7.5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 10%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in California, the income tax rate ranges between 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemLivingstonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.44$15.560.8%
Beauty Salon $40.33$36.1111.7%
Toothpaste $2.34$2.475.5%
Shampoo $1.14$0.9618.5%
Movie $9.44$10.136.7%
Bowling $5.67$4.7419.7%

Groceries

ItemLivingstonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.26$3.986.9%
Fried Chicken $1.18$1.4115.9%
Milk $2.40$2.0616.1%
Potatoes $2.93$2.981.6%
Pizza $11.17$9.4717.9%
Beer $8.87$8.790.8%

Health Care

ItemLivingstonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $122.92$101.0421.6%
Doctor $102.44$107.444.7%
Dentist $104.17$90.4215.2%
Ibuprofen $10.77$9.2816.1%
Lipitor $424.73$426.500.4%

Housing

ItemLivingstonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $164,600.00$175,700.006.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,289.65$1,133.2313.8%
Apartment Rent $920.00$920.00 

Transportation

ItemLivingstonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.61$1.9930.7%
Tire Balancing $58.12$45.7627.0%

Utilities

ItemLivingstonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$237.89$163.8145.2%
Phone $29.67$28.394.5%
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.

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University of California Merced, CA011111%
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Cressey, CA32298-2%
Keyes, CA6,3641000%
Franklin, CA6,8401000%
Livingston, CA13,4611066%

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Teays Valley, WV13,4611000%
Thonotosassa, FL13,46191-9%
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Roselle Park, NJ13,46512222%
Englewood, OH13,46895-5%
Livingston, CA13,4611066%
Source: The Livingston, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.