Los Alamitos 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.
IndexLos AlamitosCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index169137100
IndexLos AlamitosCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index107109100
Groceries index113118100
Health care index107111100
Housing index303189100
Transportation index138130100
Utilities index103112100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Los Alamitos, CA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Los Alamitos, CA being 169, that puts it 24% higher than the average of California and 69% 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 Los Alamitos, 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 Los Alamitos is 24% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Los Alamitos is 69% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Los Alamitos is 203% 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 meant to help you compare your salary in Los Alamitos, CA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Los Alamitos, CA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Los Alamitos, CA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$107,000$8,917$2,497$3,210
Renters$63,250$5,271$1,476$1,898
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Los Alamitos, 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 Los Alamitos, CA homeowners have a median income of $107,000. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,497 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $63,250, which means there is a maximum of $1,476 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%
For those who live in Los Alamitos, 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

ItemLos AlamitosNational 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

ItemLos AlamitosNational 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

ItemLos AlamitosNational 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

ItemLos AlamitosNational avg.Difference
Home Price $631,400.00$175,700.00259.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,096.05$1,133.23173.2%
Apartment Rent $1,571.00$920.0070.8%

Transportation

ItemLos AlamitosNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $3.05$1.9953.1%
Tire Balancing $47.53$45.763.9%

Utilities

ItemLos AlamitosNational 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.

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Vernon, CA591055%
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Cudahy, CA24,07311616%
Compton, CA97,66311717%
Los Alamitos, CA11,59816969%

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Los Alamitos, CA11,59816969%
Source: The Los Alamitos, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.