Walnut Creek 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.
IndexWalnut CreekCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index168135100
IndexWalnut CreekCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index115107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index119109100
Housing index284189100
Transportation index131125100
Utilities index108116100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Walnut Creek, CA is displayed above. In Walnut Creek, CA, the overall cost of living index is 168, which is 24% higher than the California average and 68% 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 Walnut Creek, 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 Walnut Creek is 24% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Walnut Creek is 68% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Walnut Creek is 184% 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$96,699$8,058$2,256$2,901
Renters$60,699$5,058$1,416$1,821
The affordability of the housing market in Walnut Creek, CA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Walnut Creek, CA homeowners, the median income is $96,699. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,256 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $60,699. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,416 used for their rent related monthly costs.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
For those who live in Walnut Creek, CA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the California income tax rate and the California sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In California, the sales tax is 7.5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 10%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in California, the income tax rate ranges between 1% to 12.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemWalnut CreekNational 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

ItemWalnut CreekNational 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

ItemWalnut CreekNational 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

ItemWalnut CreekNational avg.Difference
Home Price $591,700.00$175,700.00236.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,294.70$1,081.03204.8%
Apartment Rent $1,479.00$920.0060.8%

Transportation

ItemWalnut CreekNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.80$2.0933.8%
Tire Balancing $55.37$45.2922.3%

Utilities

ItemWalnut CreekNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Pacheco, CA4,2951077%
Bay Point, CA21,58611313%
Vallejo, CA118,07812121%
Pittsburg, CA65,76111616%
Antioch, CA105,63011818%
Walnut Creek, CA65,92316868%

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Camarillo, CA65,98514747%
Pasco, WA65,85890-10%
Palo Alto, CA65,998222122%
North Richland Hills, TX65,8351000%
Youngstown, OH66,01373-27%
Walnut Creek, CA65,92316868%
Source: The Walnut Creek, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.