Los Angeles 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 AngelesCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index142136100
IndexLos AngelesCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index105107100
Groceries index106117100
Health care index109109100
Housing index220189100
Transportation index120125100
Utilities index112116100

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  • The cost of living in Los Angeles is 5% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Los Angeles is 42% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Los Angeles is 120% 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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Compare Los Angeles, CA Cost of living To Other Cities

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%

Goods & Services

ItemLos AngelesNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.32$14.5925.5%
Beauty Salon $63.86$34.6884.1%
Toothpaste $2.90$2.4717.3%
Shampoo $1.11$1.028.6%
Movie $14.20$9.8743.9%
Bowling $6.63$4.3951.0%

Groceries

ItemLos AngelesNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.16$4.487.1%
Fried Chicken $1.74$1.4618.8%
Milk $2.62$2.3611.2%
Potatoes $2.99$3.062.3%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.38$8.638.7%

Health Care

ItemLos AngelesNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $126.07$99.7826.3%
Doctor $97.27$105.037.4%
Dentist $110.00$88.7024.0%
Ibuprofen $12.16$9.4129.2%
Lipitor $280.93$298.505.9%

Housing

ItemLos AngelesNational avg.Difference
Home Price $470,000.00$181,400.00159.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,080.63$1,081.0392.5%
Apartment Rent $1,156.00$889.0030.0%

Transportation

ItemLos AngelesNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.63$2.0925.7%
Tire Balancing $46.96$45.293.7%

Utilities

ItemLos AngelesNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.94$170.807.7%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
El Rancho, CA01099%
Venice, LA21796-4%
Westwood, CA1,44598-2%
Central, LA27,0351033%
Vernon, CA591099%
Los Angeles, CA3,804,50314242%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Chicago, IL2,702,47111313%
Houston, TX2,107,44989-11%
Philadelphia, PA1,525,8111066%
Phoenix, AZ1,462,36895-5%
San Antonio, TX1,335,28786-14%
Los Angeles, CA3,804,50314242%
Source: The Los Angeles, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.