Signal Hill 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.
IndexSignal HillCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index133135100
IndexSignal HillCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index104107100
Groceries index109117100
Health care index104109100
Housing index189189100
Transportation index127125100
Utilities index113116100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Signal Hill, CA is shown above. Compared to the state average of California the cost of living index in Signal Hill, CA is 133, which is 2% lower than the average in California and compared to the national average it is 33% 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 Signal Hill, CA goods and services come in at 3% 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 Signal Hill is 2% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Signal Hill is 33% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Signal Hill is 89% 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$97,966$8,164$2,286$2,939
Renters$41,193$3,433$961$1,236
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Signal Hill, CA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Signal Hill, CA have a median income of $97,966. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,286 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $41,193, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $961.

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 Signal Hill, 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

ItemSignal HillNational 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

ItemSignal HillNational 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

ItemSignal HillNational 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

ItemSignal HillNational avg.Difference
Home Price $377,200.00$175,700.00114.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,759.31$1,081.03155.2%
Apartment Rent $1,175.00$920.0027.7%

Transportation

ItemSignal HillNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.61$2.0924.8%
Tire Balancing $60.00$45.2932.5%

Utilities

ItemSignal HillNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Vernon, CA591033%
Willowbrook, CA20,89711313%
Florence-Graham, CA62,81511414%
Cudahy, CA24,07311414%
Compton, CA97,66311515%
Signal Hill, CA11,24513333%

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Signal Hill, CA11,24513333%
Source: The Signal Hill, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.