Los Altos Hills 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 Altos HillsCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index222135100
IndexLos Altos HillsCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index115107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index119109100
Housing index464189100
Transportation index131125100
Utilities index108116100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Los Altos Hills, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Los Altos Hills, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 222. This index is 64% higher than the California average, and 122% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Los Altos Hills, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 8% higher than it is in California, and it is 15% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Los Altos Hills is 64% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Los Altos Hills is 122% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Los Altos Hills is 364% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$233,917$19,493$5,458$7,018
Renters$151,719$12,643$3,540$4,552
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Los Altos Hills, CA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Los Altos Hills, CA, the median monthly income is $233,917 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $5,458 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $151,719, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $3,540 on monthly rental expenses.

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 Los Altos Hills, 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

ItemLos Altos HillsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.44$14.5926.4%
Beauty Salon $59.40$34.6871.3%
Toothpaste $3.14$2.4727.0%
Shampoo $1.09$1.026.7%
Movie $11.00$9.8711.5%
Bowling $6.63$4.3951.0%

Groceries

ItemLos Altos HillsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.97$4.4811.3%
Fried Chicken $2.07$1.4641.4%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.69$3.0620.5%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $9.93$8.6315.0%

Health Care

ItemLos Altos HillsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.44$99.7820.7%
Doctor $127.57$105.0321.5%
Dentist $122.43$88.7038.0%
Ibuprofen $11.97$9.4127.2%
Lipitor $254.50$298.5014.7%

Housing

ItemLos Altos HillsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $4,110,700.00$175,700.002,239.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,294.70$1,081.03204.8%
Apartment Rent $2,001.00$920.00117.5%

Transportation

ItemLos Altos HillsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.80$2.0933.8%
Tire Balancing $55.37$45.2922.3%

Utilities

ItemLos Altos HillsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$213.39$170.8024.9%
Phone $24.12$28.2614.6%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Mountain View, CA2,29912626%
East Palo Alto, CA28,92014343%
Burbank CDP, CA5,86914343%
Newark, CA43,63515353%
Pescadero, CA1,04615555%
Los Altos Hills, CA8,244222122%

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Wood-Ridge, NJ8,24915353%
Los Altos Hills, CA8,244222122%
Source: The Los Altos Hills, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.