Vista 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.
IndexVistaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index131137100
IndexVistaCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index102109100
Groceries index113118100
Health care index108111100
Housing index178189100
Transportation index132130100
Utilities index113112100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Vista, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Vista, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 131. This index is 4% lower than the California average, and 31% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Vista, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 7% lower than it is in California, and it is 2% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Vista is 4% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Vista is 31% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Vista is 78% 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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Use the salary calculator to compare your current salary in Vista, CA to any other city. The salary calculator will tell you how much you would need to earn in any given city to maintain the same standard of living based on the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the city you are looking to relocate to is higher than the cost of living in Vista, CA, then you would need to earn more income in order to maintain the same standard of living. To use the Vista, CA salary calculator, simply enter in the name of the new city, then adjust the slider to your current income. The salary calculator will do the rest and let you know if you need to earn more or less in the new city. You will also see a complete breakdown of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$65,526$5,461$1,529$1,966
Renters$36,143$3,012$843$1,084
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 Vista, 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. Vista, CA has a median income of about $65,526 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,529 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $36,143. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $843 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 Vista, 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

ItemVistaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.86$15.5621.1%
Beauty Salon $54.73$36.1151.6%
Toothpaste $2.88$2.4716.6%
Shampoo $1.20$0.9624.4%
Movie $12.99$10.1328.3%
Bowling $5.06$4.746.9%

Groceries

ItemVistaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.82$3.9821.1%
Fried Chicken $1.41$1.410.2%
Milk $1.98$2.064.1%
Potatoes $2.77$2.987.1%
Pizza $9.49$9.470.2%
Beer $10.36$8.7917.8%

Health Care

ItemVistaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.12$101.041.1%
Doctor $105.00$107.442.3%
Dentist $103.33$90.4214.3%
Ibuprofen $11.77$9.2826.8%
Lipitor $429.20$426.500.6%

Housing

ItemVistaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $346,200.00$175,700.0097.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,732.66$1,133.23141.1%
Apartment Rent $1,239.00$920.0034.7%

Transportation

ItemVistaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.87$1.9943.9%
Tire Balancing $47.56$45.763.9%

Utilities

ItemVistaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$199.86$163.8122.0%
Phone $28.79$28.391.4%
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.
Escondido, CA147,60312929%
Camp Pendleton North, CA6,43613333%
Oceanside, CA171,40013333%
Fallbrook, CA31,43513434%
San Marcos, CA87,80813535%
Vista, CA96,18113131%

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San Angelo, TX96,17784-16%
Portsmouth, VA96,0071022%
Livonia, MI95,88896-4%
Hillsboro, OR95,76511717%
Davie, FL95,7211077%
Vista, CA96,18113131%
Source: The Vista, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.