South Pasadena 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 PasadenaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index189135100
IndexSouth PasadenaCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index105107100
Groceries index106117100
Health care index109109100
Housing index377189100
Transportation index120125100
Utilities index112116100
A general overview of the cost of living index for South Pasadena, CA is displayed above. In South Pasadena, CA, the overall cost of living index is 189, which is 40% higher than the California average and 89% 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 South Pasadena, CA, the city's goods and services are 1% lower than the California average and 5% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in South Pasadena is 40% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in South Pasadena is 89% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Pasadena is 277% 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$124,405$10,367$2,903$3,733
Renters$65,478$5,457$1,528$1,965
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in South Pasadena, 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 South Pasadena, CA, the median monthly income is $124,405 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,903 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $65,478, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,528 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%
For those who live in South Pasadena, CA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the California income tax rate and the California sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In California, the sales tax is 7.5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 10%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in California, the income tax rate ranges between 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemSouth PasadenaNational 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 PasadenaNational 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 PasadenaNational 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 PasadenaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $832,200.00$175,700.00373.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,080.63$1,081.0392.5%
Apartment Rent $1,394.00$920.0051.5%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemSouth PasadenaNational 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.

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Vernon, CA591033%
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Florence-Graham, CA62,81511414%
Cudahy, CA24,07311414%
Compton, CA97,66311515%
South Pasadena, CA25,91418989%

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Greenville, TX25,89293-7%
South Pasadena, CA25,91418989%
Source: The South Pasadena, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.