Sonora 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.
Cost of living index118135100
Goods & Services index106107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index102109100
Housing index132189100
Transportation index120125100
Utilities index116116100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Sonora, CA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Sonora, CA being 118, that puts it 13% lower than the average of California and 18% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Sonora, CA, the price of goods and services are 1% lower than the average of California as well as 6% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sonora is 13% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Sonora is 18% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sonora is 32% 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 Sonora, 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 Sonora, CA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Sonora, 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

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If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Sonora, 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 Sonora, CA, the median monthly income is $56,190 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,311 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $26,094, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $609 on monthly rental expenses.

California Sales Tax

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California Income Tax

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The California sales tax and California income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Sonora, 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

ItemSonoraNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.00$14.592.8%
Beauty Salon $38.60$34.6811.3%
Toothpaste $3.23$2.4730.6%
Shampoo $1.33$1.0230.1%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $4.13$4.396.0%


ItemSonoraNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.71$4.485.2%
Fried Chicken $1.67$1.4614.1%
Milk $2.88$2.3622.2%
Potatoes $3.59$3.0617.3%
Pizza $13.29$9.2443.8%
Beer $8.99$8.634.1%

Health Care

ItemSonoraNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $126.33$99.7826.6%
Doctor $101.25$105.033.6%
Dentist $85.71$88.703.4%
Ibuprofen $11.39$9.4121.0%
Lipitor $310.31$298.504.0%


ItemSonoraNational avg.Difference
Home Price $262,300.00$175,700.0049.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,229.16$1,081.0313.7%
Apartment Rent $843.00$920.008.4%


ItemSonoraNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.52$2.0920.5%
Tire Balancing $54.04$45.2919.3%


ItemSonoraNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$231.09$170.8035.3%
Phone $24.95$28.2611.7%
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.
Long Barn, CA29111212%
Groveland, CA7251055%
Jamestown, CA3,3941066%
East Sonora, CA2,1681099%
Tuolumne City, CA1,82411010%
Sonora, CA4,84411818%

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Sonora, CA4,84411818%
Source: The Sonora, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.