Tehachapi 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.
IndexTehachapiCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index106137100
IndexTehachapiCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index100109100
Groceries index112118100
Health care index106111100
Housing index94189100
Transportation index126130100
Utilities index136112100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Tehachapi, CA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Tehachapi, CA being 106, that puts it 22% lower than the average of California and 6% 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 Tehachapi, CA, the price of goods and services are 9% lower than the average of California as well as equal to the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Tehachapi is 22% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Tehachapi is 6% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Tehachapi is 6% lower 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Tehachapi, CA to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Tehachapi, CA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Tehachapi, CA salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$59,668$4,972$1,392$1,790
Renters$35,348$2,946$825$1,061
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Tehachapi, 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 Tehachapi, CA, the median monthly income is $59,668 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,392 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $35,348, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $825 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%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Tehachapi, CA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for California, as well as the rate for income tax in California. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for California is 10%, and the sales tax in the state of California is 7.5%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in California starts from 1% and goes up to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemTehachapiNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.45$15.567.2%
Beauty Salon $50.00$36.1138.5%
Toothpaste $3.53$2.4742.6%
Shampoo $1.28$0.9632.6%
Movie $8.67$10.1314.4%
Bowling $4.30$4.749.1%

Groceries

ItemTehachapiNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.26$3.987.0%
Fried Chicken $1.38$1.412.2%
Milk $2.26$2.069.3%
Potatoes $3.81$2.9827.6%
Pizza $9.30$9.471.9%
Beer $8.37$8.794.8%

Health Care

ItemTehachapiNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $97.83$101.043.2%
Doctor $116.54$107.448.5%
Dentist $97.28$90.427.6%
Ibuprofen $10.79$9.2816.3%
Lipitor $424.55$426.500.5%

Housing

ItemTehachapiNational avg.Difference
Home Price $172,200.00$175,700.002.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,102.31$1,133.232.7%
Apartment Rent $793.00$920.0013.8%

Transportation

ItemTehachapiNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.75$1.9937.9%
Tire Balancing $46.10$45.760.7%

Utilities

ItemTehachapiNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$261.78$163.8159.8%
Phone $30.00$28.395.7%
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.
Golden Hills, CA8,39811010%
Keene, CA32511212%
Bear Valley Springs, CA5,05812121%
Stallion Springs, CA2,98312121%
Tehachapi, CA13,8181066%

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Mount Holly, NC13,81595-5%
Gardendale, AL13,80993-7%
Newington, VA13,80414646%
Las Vegas, NM13,83385-15%
Chippewa Falls, WI13,80391-9%
Tehachapi, CA13,8181066%
Source: The Tehachapi, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.