Sierra Madre 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.
IndexSierra MadreCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index186135100
IndexSierra MadreCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index105107100
Groceries index106117100
Health care index109109100
Housing index367189100
Transportation index120125100
Utilities index112116100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Sierra Madre, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Sierra Madre, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 186. This index is 37% higher than the California average, and 86% 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 Sierra Madre, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 1% lower than it is in California, and it is 5% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sierra Madre is 37% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Sierra Madre is 86% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sierra Madre is 267% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Sierra Madre, CA to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Sierra Madre, CA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Sierra Madre, CA salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$107,228$8,936$2,502$3,217
Renters$73,266$6,106$1,709$2,198
The affordability of the housing market in Sierra Madre, 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 Sierra Madre, CA homeowners, the median income is $107,228. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,502 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $73,266. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,709 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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Sierra Madre, CA is the California sales tax and California income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The California sales tax rate is 7.5% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 10%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The California income tax rates range from 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemSierra MadreNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.32$14.5925.5%
Beauty Salon $63.86$34.6884.1%
Toothpaste $2.90$2.4717.3%
Shampoo $1.11$1.028.6%
Movie $14.20$9.8743.9%
Bowling $6.63$4.3951.0%

Groceries

ItemSierra MadreNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.16$4.487.1%
Fried Chicken $1.74$1.4618.8%
Milk $2.62$2.3611.2%
Potatoes $2.99$3.062.3%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.38$8.638.7%

Health Care

ItemSierra MadreNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $126.07$99.7826.3%
Doctor $97.27$105.037.4%
Dentist $110.00$88.7024.0%
Ibuprofen $12.16$9.4129.2%
Lipitor $280.93$298.505.9%

Housing

ItemSierra MadreNational avg.Difference
Home Price $804,600.00$175,700.00357.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,080.63$1,081.0392.5%
Apartment Rent $1,430.00$920.0055.4%

Transportation

ItemSierra MadreNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.63$2.0925.7%
Tire Balancing $46.96$45.293.7%

Utilities

ItemSierra MadreNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.94$170.807.7%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Vernon, CA591033%
Florence-Graham, CA62,81511414%
Cudahy, CA24,07311414%
Bell, CA35,89612020%
Huntington Park, CA58,78712020%
Sierra Madre, CA11,06018686%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Cross Lanes, WV11,06193-7%
Westwood, NJ11,05615555%
Robertsville, NJ11,05514949%
East Liverpool, OH11,06584-16%
Jefferson, LA11,06892-8%
Sierra Madre, CA11,06018686%
Source: The Sierra Madre, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.