South Gate 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.
IndexSouth GateCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index121135100
IndexSouth GateCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index105107100
Groceries index106117100
Health care index109109100
Housing index151189100
Transportation index120125100
Utilities index112116100
An overview of the general cost of living index for South Gate, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in South Gate, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 121. This index is 10% lower than the California average, and 21% 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 South Gate, 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 South Gate is 10% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in South Gate is 21% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Gate is 51% 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$63,148$5,262$1,473$1,895
Renters$32,404$2,700$756$972
The affordability of the housing market in South Gate, 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 South Gate, CA homeowners, the median income is $63,148. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,473 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $32,404. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $756 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%
The California sales tax and California income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in South Gate, 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

ItemSouth GateNational 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

ItemSouth GateNational 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

ItemSouth GateNational 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

ItemSouth GateNational avg.Difference
Home Price $297,200.00$175,700.0069.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,080.63$1,081.0392.5%
Apartment Rent $993.00$920.007.9%

Transportation

ItemSouth GateNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.63$2.0925.7%
Tire Balancing $46.96$45.293.7%

Utilities

ItemSouth GateNational 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%
Willowbrook, CA20,89711313%
Florence-Graham, CA62,81511414%
Cudahy, CA24,07311414%
Compton, CA97,66311515%
South Gate, CA95,51512121%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Renton, WA95,47912525%
Greeley, CO95,67798-2%
Davie, FL95,7211077%
Hillsboro, OR95,76511919%
Mission Viejo, CA95,24616262%
South Gate, CA95,51512121%
Source: The South Gate, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.