Murrieta 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.
IndexMurrietaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index126135100
IndexMurrietaCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index104107100
Groceries index109117100
Health care index104109100
Housing index165189100
Transportation index127125100
Utilities index113116100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Murrieta, CA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Murrieta, CA is 126, which is 7% lower than the California average and 26% 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 Murrieta, CA are 3% lower than the California average and 4% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Murrieta is 7% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Murrieta is 26% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Murrieta is 65% 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$84,847$7,071$1,980$2,546
Renters$53,529$4,461$1,249$1,606
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 Murrieta, 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. Murrieta, CA has a median income of about $84,847 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,980 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $53,529. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,249 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 you are determining the total cost of living in Murrieta, 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

ItemMurrietaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.89$14.5929.4%
Beauty Salon $60.96$34.6875.8%
Toothpaste $2.59$2.474.7%
Shampoo $1.09$1.026.7%
Movie $12.50$9.8726.7%
Bowling $5.79$4.3931.8%

Groceries

ItemMurrietaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.74$1.4618.8%
Milk $2.69$2.3614.1%
Potatoes $3.32$3.068.4%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $9.35$8.638.3%

Health Care

ItemMurrietaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.42$99.784.7%
Doctor $95.57$105.039.0%
Dentist $102.40$88.7015.4%
Ibuprofen $11.60$9.4123.2%
Lipitor $281.41$298.505.7%

Housing

ItemMurrietaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $287,700.00$175,700.0063.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,759.31$1,081.03155.2%
Apartment Rent $1,541.00$920.0067.5%

Transportation

ItemMurrietaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.61$2.0924.8%
Tire Balancing $60.00$45.2932.5%

Utilities

ItemMurrietaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$186.13$170.809.0%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Homeland, CA5,92196-4%
Hemet, CA81,203100-0%
Green Acres, CA2,3301011%
Meadowbrook, CA3,4471055%
San Jacinto, CA45,4971033%
Murrieta, CA106,32612626%

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Norwalk, CA106,45512828%
Richmond, CA106,46912727%
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Lehigh Acres, FL106,74791-9%
High Point, NC106,79790-10%
Murrieta, CA106,32612626%
Source: The Murrieta, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.