Tamalpais-Homestead Valley 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.
IndexTamalpais-Homestead ValleyCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index219135100
IndexTamalpais-Homestead ValleyCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index115107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index119109100
Housing index454189100
Transportation index131125100
Utilities index108116100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA is displayed above. In Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA, the overall cost of living index is 219, which is 62% higher than the California average and 119% 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 Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, 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 Tamalpais-Homestead Valley is 62% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Tamalpais-Homestead Valley is 119% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Tamalpais-Homestead Valley is 354% 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$148,938$12,412$3,475$4,469
Renters$103,075$8,590$2,405$3,093
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA have a median income of $148,938. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $3,475 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $103,075, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $2,405.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA is the California sales tax and California income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The California sales tax rate is 7.5% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 10%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The California income tax rates range from 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemTamalpais-Homestead ValleyNational 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

ItemTamalpais-Homestead ValleyNational 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

ItemTamalpais-Homestead ValleyNational 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

ItemTamalpais-Homestead ValleyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $976,200.00$175,700.00455.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,294.70$1,081.03204.8%
Apartment Rent $2,001.00$920.00117.5%

Transportation

ItemTamalpais-Homestead ValleyNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.80$2.0933.8%
Tire Balancing $55.37$45.2922.3%

Utilities

ItemTamalpais-Homestead ValleyNational 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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
San Pablo, CA29,51611515%
Rollingwood, CA2,83211616%
Montalvin Manor, CA3,05511616%
North Richmond, CA3,92612121%
Richmond, CA106,46912727%
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA10,331219119%

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Gages Lake, IL10,33011111%
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Richmond Hill, GA10,3341044%
Alpena, MI10,33683-17%
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA10,331219119%
Source: The Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.