Rancho Santa Margarita 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.
IndexRancho Santa MargaritaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index157135100
IndexRancho Santa MargaritaCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index104107100
Groceries index109117100
Health care index104109100
Housing index269189100
Transportation index127125100
Utilities index113116100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 157. This index is 16% higher than the California average, and 57% 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 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in California, and it is 4% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Rancho Santa Margarita is 16% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Rancho Santa Margarita is 57% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Rancho Santa Margarita is 169% 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$126,341$10,528$2,948$3,791
Renters$65,366$5,447$1,525$1,961
The affordability of the housing market in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Rancho Santa Margarita, CA homeowners, the median income is $126,341. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,948 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $65,366. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,525 used for their rent related monthly costs.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
For those who live in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the California income tax rate and the California sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In California, the sales tax is 7.5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 10%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in California, the income tax rate ranges between 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemRancho Santa MargaritaNational 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

ItemRancho Santa MargaritaNational 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

ItemRancho Santa MargaritaNational 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

ItemRancho Santa MargaritaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $537,100.00$175,700.00205.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,759.31$1,081.03155.2%
Apartment Rent $1,686.00$920.0083.3%

Transportation

ItemRancho Santa MargaritaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.61$2.0924.8%
Tire Balancing $60.00$45.2932.5%

Utilities

ItemRancho Santa MargaritaNational 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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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA48,75815757%

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA48,75815757%
Source: The Rancho Santa Margarita, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.