South Whittier 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 WhittierCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index132137100
IndexSouth WhittierCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index107109100
Groceries index112118100
Health care index110111100
Housing index180189100
Transportation index134130100
Utilities index107112100
A general summary of the cost of living index in South Whittier, CA is shown above. Compared to the state average of California the cost of living index in South Whittier, CA is 132, which is 3% lower than the average in California and compared to the national average it is 32% 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 South Whittier, CA goods and services come in at 2% lower than the average in California and are 7% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in South Whittier is 3% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in South Whittier is 32% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Whittier is 80% 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$80,679$6,723$1,882$2,421
Renters$40,678$3,390$949$1,220
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in South Whittier, CA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. South Whittier, CA has a median income of about $80,679 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,882 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $40,678. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $949 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
When you are determining the total cost of living in South Whittier, CA you will want to make sure you consider both the California sales tax and the California income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in California is 7.5%, with the highest surtax being 10%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in California have a range from 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemSouth WhittierNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.79$15.5620.7%
Beauty Salon $59.40$36.1164.5%
Toothpaste $2.83$2.4714.3%
Shampoo $1.20$0.9624.4%
Movie $14.81$10.1346.2%
Bowling $6.45$4.7436.2%

Groceries

ItemSouth WhittierNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.60$3.9815.5%
Fried Chicken $1.24$1.4111.6%
Milk $2.03$2.061.5%
Potatoes $2.66$2.9810.9%
Pizza $10.99$9.4716.0%
Beer $10.22$8.7916.2%

Health Care

ItemSouth WhittierNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.40$101.0419.2%
Doctor $104.83$107.442.4%
Dentist $106.00$90.4217.2%
Ibuprofen $11.88$9.2828.0%
Lipitor $429.87$426.500.8%

Housing

ItemSouth WhittierNational avg.Difference
Home Price $348,400.00$175,700.0098.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,409.78$1,133.23112.6%
Apartment Rent $1,254.00$920.0036.3%

Transportation

ItemSouth WhittierNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.97$1.9949.0%
Tire Balancing $45.40$45.760.8%

Utilities

ItemSouth WhittierNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$179.98$163.819.9%
Phone $29.19$28.392.8%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Vernon, CA591055%
Willowbrook, CA20,89711616%
Florence-Graham, CA62,81511616%
Cudahy, CA24,07311616%
Compton, CA97,66311717%
South Whittier, CA58,32813232%

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South Whittier, CA58,32813232%
Source: The South Whittier, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.