Tustin 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.
IndexTustinCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index151135100
IndexTustinCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index104107100
Groceries index109117100
Health care index104109100
Housing index249189100
Transportation index127125100
Utilities index113116100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Tustin, CA is shown above. Compared to the state average of California the cost of living index in Tustin, CA is 151, which is 12% higher than the average in California and compared to the national average it is 51% 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 Tustin, CA goods and services come in at 3% lower than the average in California and are 4% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Tustin is 12% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Tustin is 51% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Tustin is 149% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Tustin, 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 Tustin, CA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Tustin, 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$97,411$8,118$2,273$2,923
Renters$51,583$4,299$1,204$1,548
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Tustin, CA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Tustin, CA homeowners have a median income of $97,411. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,273 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $51,583, which means there is a maximum of $1,204 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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 Tustin, 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

ItemTustinNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.89$14.5929.4%
Beauty Salon $60.96$34.6875.8%
Toothpaste $2.59$2.474.7%
Shampoo $1.09$1.026.7%
Movie $12.50$9.8726.7%
Bowling $5.79$4.3931.8%

Groceries

ItemTustinNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.74$1.4618.8%
Milk $2.69$2.3614.1%
Potatoes $3.32$3.068.4%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $9.35$8.638.3%

Health Care

ItemTustinNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.42$99.784.7%
Doctor $95.57$105.039.0%
Dentist $102.40$88.7015.4%
Ibuprofen $11.60$9.4123.2%
Lipitor $281.41$298.505.7%

Housing

ItemTustinNational avg.Difference
Home Price $501,500.00$175,700.00185.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,759.31$1,081.03155.2%
Apartment Rent $1,514.00$920.0064.6%

Transportation

ItemTustinNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.61$2.0924.8%
Tire Balancing $60.00$45.2932.5%

Utilities

ItemTustinNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$186.13$170.809.0%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Laguna Woods, CA16,30211515%
Stanton, CA38,45512323%
Seal Beach, CA24,47712828%
Corona, CA157,39513030%
Santa Ana, CA331,26613030%
Tustin, CA77,76515151%

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Palm Coast, FL77,7791011%
Bloomington, IL77,88395-5%
Lynchburg, VA77,62691-9%
Avondale, AZ77,91292-8%
Brooklyn Park, MN77,5791033%
Tustin, CA77,76515151%
Source: The Tustin, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.