Sonoma 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.
IndexSonomaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index162135100
IndexSonomaCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index115107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index119109100
Housing index264189100
Transportation index131125100
Utilities index108116100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Sonoma, CA is displayed above. In Sonoma, CA, the overall cost of living index is 162, which is 20% higher than the California average and 62% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Sonoma, CA, the city's goods and services are 8% higher than the California average and 15% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sonoma is 20% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Sonoma is 62% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sonoma is 164% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Sonoma, CA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Sonoma, CA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Sonoma, CA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$96,875$8,073$2,260$2,907
Renters$51,716$4,310$1,207$1,552
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Sonoma, 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 Sonoma, CA, the median monthly income is $96,875 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,260 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $51,716, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,207 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%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Sonoma, CA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for California, as well as the rate for income tax in California. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for California is 10%, and the sales tax in the state of California is 7.5%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in California starts from 1% and goes up to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemSonomaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.44$14.5926.4%
Beauty Salon $59.40$34.6871.3%
Toothpaste $3.14$2.4727.0%
Shampoo $1.09$1.026.7%
Movie $11.00$9.8711.5%
Bowling $6.63$4.3951.0%

Groceries

ItemSonomaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.97$4.4811.3%
Fried Chicken $2.07$1.4641.4%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.69$3.0620.5%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $9.93$8.6315.0%

Health Care

ItemSonomaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.44$99.7820.7%
Doctor $127.57$105.0321.5%
Dentist $122.43$88.7038.0%
Ibuprofen $11.97$9.4127.2%
Lipitor $254.50$298.5014.7%

Housing

ItemSonomaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $541,000.00$175,700.00207.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,294.70$1,081.03204.8%
Apartment Rent $1,494.00$920.0062.4%

Transportation

ItemSonomaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.80$2.0933.8%
Tire Balancing $55.37$45.2922.3%

Utilities

ItemSonomaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$213.39$170.8024.9%
Phone $24.12$28.2614.6%
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.
Oakville, CA5911818%
Moskowite Corner, CA17287-13%
Vallejo, CA118,07812121%
Roseland, CA5,55612828%
Rohnert Park, CA41,35213232%
Sonoma, CA10,81816262%

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Mitchellville, MD10,81913232%
Rossmoor, CA10,81619898%
Lantana, FL10,82295-6%
Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO10,82389-11%
Chalco, NE10,81190-10%
Sonoma, CA10,81816262%
Source: The Sonoma, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.