Monrovia 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.
IndexMonroviaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index154135100
IndexMonroviaCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index105107100
Groceries index106117100
Health care index109109100
Housing index259189100
Transportation index120125100
Utilities index112116100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Monrovia, CA is displayed above. In Monrovia, CA, the overall cost of living index is 154, which is 13% higher than the California average and 54% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Monrovia, CA, the city's goods and services are 1% lower than the California average and 5% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Monrovia is 13% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Monrovia is 54% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Monrovia is 159% 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$104,678$8,723$2,442$3,141
Renters$50,790$4,233$1,185$1,524
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 Monrovia, 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. Monrovia, CA has a median income of about $104,678 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,442 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $50,790. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,185 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%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Monrovia, CA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for California, as well as the rate for income tax in California. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for California is 10%, and the sales tax in the state of California is 7.5%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in California starts from 1% and goes up to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemMonroviaNational 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

ItemMonroviaNational 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

ItemMonroviaNational 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

ItemMonroviaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $542,200.00$175,700.00208.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,080.63$1,081.0392.5%
Apartment Rent $1,311.00$920.0042.5%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemMonroviaNational 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.

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Vernon, CA591033%
Florence-Graham, CA62,81511414%
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Pomona, CA151,14211919%
Bell, CA35,89612020%
Monrovia, CA37,03515454%

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Monrovia, CA37,03515454%
Source: The Monrovia, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.