Palo Alto 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.
IndexPalo AltoCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index336136100
IndexPalo AltoCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index115107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index119109100
Housing index846189100
Transportation index131125100
Utilities index108116100

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  • The cost of living in Palo Alto is 148% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Palo Alto is 236% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Palo Alto is 746% 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

ItemPalo AltoNational 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

ItemPalo AltoNational 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

ItemPalo AltoNational 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

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $2,028,300.00$181,400.001,018.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,294.70$1,081.03204.8%
Apartment Rent $1,865.00$889.00109.8%

Transportation

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.80$2.0933.8%
Tire Balancing $55.37$45.2922.3%

Utilities

ItemPalo AltoNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Mabie, CA011818%
Warm Springs, CA2,93311414%
East Palo Alto, CA28,33213939%
Newark, CA42,71215050%
Union City, CA69,82015454%
Palo Alto, CA64,514336236%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Walnut Creek, CA64,51516565%
Eagan, MN64,53811111%
Skokie, IL64,58812222%
Yuba City, CA64,64112121%
East Orange, NJ64,35611515%
Palo Alto, CA64,514336236%
Source: The Palo Alto, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.