San Bruno 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.
IndexSan BrunoCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index174137100
IndexSan BrunoCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index119109100
Groceries index131118100
Health care index119111100
Housing index295189100
Transportation index136130100
Utilities index107112100
A general summary of the cost of living index in San Bruno, CA is shown above. Compared to the state average of California the cost of living index in San Bruno, CA is 174, which is 27% higher than the average in California and compared to the national average it is 74% 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 San Bruno, CA goods and services come in at 9% higher than the average in California and are 19% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in San Bruno is 27% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in San Bruno is 74% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in San Bruno is 195% 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$91,196$7,600$2,128$2,736
Renters$69,831$5,819$1,629$2,095
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in San Bruno, CA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In San Bruno, CA homeowners have a median income of $91,196. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,128 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $69,831, which means there is a maximum of $1,629 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
When you are determining the total cost of living in San Bruno, CA you will want to make sure you consider both the California sales tax and the California income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in California is 7.5%, with the highest surtax being 10%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in California have a range from 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemSan BrunoNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.71$15.5620.2%
Beauty Salon $73.90$36.11104.7%
Toothpaste $3.20$2.4729.6%
Shampoo $1.17$0.9621.2%
Movie $12.75$10.1325.9%
Bowling $5.89$4.7424.5%

Groceries

ItemSan BrunoNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.13$3.983.7%
Fried Chicken $1.76$1.4124.8%
Milk $3.03$2.0646.8%
Potatoes $3.32$2.9811.2%
Pizza $11.00$9.4716.1%
Beer $9.59$8.799.0%

Health Care

ItemSan BrunoNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $122.57$101.0421.3%
Doctor $129.25$107.4420.3%
Dentist $118.69$90.4231.3%
Ibuprofen $11.70$9.2826.1%
Lipitor $391.33$426.508.2%

Housing

ItemSan BrunoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $602,300.00$175,700.00242.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,530.00$1,133.23211.5%
Apartment Rent $1,685.00$920.0083.2%

Transportation

ItemSan BrunoNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.89$1.9945.0%
Tire Balancing $53.17$45.7616.2%

Utilities

ItemSan BrunoNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$203.84$163.8124.4%
Phone $24.12$28.3915.0%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Emeryville, CA10,49713737%
San Leandro, CA87,15914040%
Oakland, CA402,33914646%
North Fair Oaks, CA15,18116969%
Colma, CA1,83716666%
San Bruno, CA42,09017474%

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San Bruno, CA42,09017474%
Source: The San Bruno, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.