Palm Springs 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.
IndexPalm SpringsCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index119136100
IndexPalm SpringsCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index104107100
Groceries index109117100
Health care index104109100
Housing index143189100
Transportation index127125100
Utilities index113116100

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  • The cost of living in Palm Springs is 12% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Palm Springs is 19% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Palm Springs is 43% 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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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

ItemPalm SpringsNational 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

ItemPalm SpringsNational 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

ItemPalm SpringsNational 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

ItemPalm SpringsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $285,700.00$181,400.0057.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,759.31$1,081.03155.2%
Apartment Rent $958.00$889.007.8%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemPalm SpringsNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Mountain Center, CA471099%
Whitewater, CA46690-10%
Sky Valley, CA2,07595-5%
Cabazon, CA2,12197-3%
Desert Hot Springs, CA26,4741022%
Palm Springs, CA45,11511919%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Beavercreek, OH45,1041033%
Ceres, CA45,0861044%
Hilo, HI45,15815252%
Barnstable Town, MA45,17013636%
Parker, CO45,19511515%
Palm Springs, CA45,11511919%
Source: The Palm Springs, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.