West Hollywood 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.
IndexWest HollywoodCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index163137100
IndexWest HollywoodCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index107109100
Groceries index112118100
Health care index110111100
Housing index282189100
Transportation index134130100
Utilities index107112100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in West Hollywood, CA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in West Hollywood, CA being 163, that puts it 19% higher than the average of California and 63% 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 West Hollywood, CA, the price of goods and services are 2% lower than the average of California as well as 7% higher than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in West Hollywood is 19% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in West Hollywood is 63% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West Hollywood is 182% 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$102,139$8,512$2,383$3,064
Renters$50,100$4,175$1,169$1,503
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in West Hollywood, CA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for West Hollywood, CA homeowners, is $102,139. This would allow for a maximum of $2,383 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $50,100 which would result in a maximum of $1,169 to be spent on rental costs.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.5%10%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%12.3%
When assessing the complete cost of living in West Hollywood, CA, the California income tax and the California sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The California maximum surtax is 10%, and the California sales tax is 7.5%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 1% to 12.3% in California.

Goods & Services

ItemWest HollywoodNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.79$15.5620.7%
Beauty Salon $59.40$36.1164.5%
Toothpaste $2.83$2.4714.3%
Shampoo $1.20$0.9624.4%
Movie $14.81$10.1346.2%
Bowling $6.45$4.7436.2%

Groceries

ItemWest HollywoodNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.60$3.9815.5%
Fried Chicken $1.24$1.4111.6%
Milk $2.03$2.061.5%
Potatoes $2.66$2.9810.9%
Pizza $10.99$9.4716.0%
Beer $10.22$8.7916.2%

Health Care

ItemWest HollywoodNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.40$101.0419.2%
Doctor $104.83$107.442.4%
Dentist $106.00$90.4217.2%
Ibuprofen $11.88$9.2828.0%
Lipitor $429.87$426.500.8%

Housing

ItemWest HollywoodNational avg.Difference
Home Price $595,200.00$175,700.00238.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,409.78$1,133.23112.6%
Apartment Rent $1,389.00$920.0051.0%

Transportation

ItemWest HollywoodNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.97$1.9949.0%
Tire Balancing $45.40$45.760.8%

Utilities

ItemWest HollywoodNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$179.98$163.819.9%
Phone $29.19$28.392.8%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Vernon, CA591055%
Willowbrook, CA20,89711616%
Florence-Graham, CA62,81511616%
Cudahy, CA24,07311616%
Compton, CA97,66311717%
West Hollywood, CA35,05316363%

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Winter Haven, FL35,07087-13%
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Olney, MD35,01714747%
West Hollywood, CA35,05316363%
Source: The West Hollywood, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.