Portola Valley 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.
IndexPortola ValleyCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index222135100
IndexPortola ValleyCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index115107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index119109100
Housing index464189100
Transportation index131125100
Utilities index108116100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Portola Valley, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Portola Valley, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 222. This index is 64% higher than the California average, and 122% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Portola Valley, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 8% higher than it is in California, and it is 15% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Portola Valley is 64% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Portola Valley is 122% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Portola Valley is 364% 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

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If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Portola Valley, CA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Portola Valley, CA, the median monthly income is $250,001 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $5,833 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $51,711, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,207 on monthly rental expenses.

California Sales Tax

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California Income Tax

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The California sales tax and California income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Portola Valley, CA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The California sales tax is 7.5% and the maximum surtax is 10%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The California income tax rates range from 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemPortola ValleyNational 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%


ItemPortola ValleyNational 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

ItemPortola ValleyNational 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%


ItemPortola ValleyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $3,680,300.00$175,700.001,994.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,294.70$1,081.03204.8%
Apartment Rent $2,001.00$920.00117.5%


ItemPortola ValleyNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.80$2.0933.8%
Tire Balancing $55.37$45.2922.3%


ItemPortola ValleyNational 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.
Mountain View, CA2,29912626%
East Palo Alto, CA28,92014343%
Newark, CA43,63515353%
Pescadero, CA1,04615555%
North Fair Oaks, CA15,18116363%
Portola Valley, CA4,478222122%

Cities with similar population

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Beaver, PA4,47995-5%
Saukville, WI4,4791011%
Kingsville, MD4,47912424%
Bayside, WI4,47912121%
Wanamassa, NJ4,47715050%
Portola Valley, CA4,478222122%
Source: The Portola Valley, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.