Salinas 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.
IndexSalinasCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index118135100
IndexSalinasCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index104107100
Groceries index110117100
Health care index103109100
Housing index141189100
Transportation index114125100
Utilities index113116100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Salinas, CA is shown above. Compared to the state average of California the cost of living index in Salinas, CA is 118, which is 13% lower than the average in California and compared to the national average it is 18% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Salinas, CA goods and services come in at 2% lower than the average in California and are 4% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Salinas is 13% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Salinas is 18% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Salinas is 41% 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$71,805$5,984$1,675$2,154
Renters$37,955$3,163$886$1,139
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Salinas, 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 Salinas, CA, the median monthly income is $71,805 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,675 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $37,955, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $886 on monthly rental expenses.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
The California sales tax and California income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Salinas, 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

ItemSalinasNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.49$14.5913.0%
Beauty Salon $43.50$34.6825.4%
Toothpaste $2.39$2.473.4%
Shampoo $1.39$1.0236.0%
Movie $10.25$9.873.9%
Bowling $4.00$4.398.9%

Groceries

ItemSalinasNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.15$4.4815.0%
Fried Chicken $1.61$1.4610.0%
Milk $2.76$2.3617.1%
Potatoes $3.19$3.064.2%
Pizza $13.17$9.2442.5%
Beer $8.99$8.634.1%

Health Care

ItemSalinasNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $134.00$99.7834.3%
Doctor $91.50$105.0312.9%
Dentist $92.00$88.703.7%
Ibuprofen $10.75$9.4114.2%
Lipitor $316.62$298.506.1%

Housing

ItemSalinasNational avg.Difference
Home Price $262,000.00$175,700.0049.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,906.33$1,081.0376.3%
Apartment Rent $1,137.00$920.0023.6%

Transportation

ItemSalinasNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.53$2.0921.1%
Tire Balancing $43.33$45.294.3%

Utilities

ItemSalinasNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$231.09$170.8035.3%
Phone $22.99$28.2618.6%
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.
Boronda, CA1,2781055%
Chualar, CA1,2551077%
Gonzales, CA8,33611212%
Castroville, CA6,22611515%
Pajaro, CA2,95712020%
Salinas, CA154,07711818%

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Springfield, MA153,83611010%
Palmdale, CA155,8101088%
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Rockford, IL151,29086-14%
Pomona, CA151,14211919%
Salinas, CA154,07711818%
Source: The Salinas, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.