Westmont 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.
IndexWestmontCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index122135100
IndexWestmontCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index105107100
Groceries index106117100
Health care index109109100
Housing index152189100
Transportation index120125100
Utilities index112116100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Westmont, CA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Westmont, CA is 122, which is 10% lower than the California average and 22% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Westmont, CA are 1% lower than the average for California and 5% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Westmont is 10% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Westmont is 22% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Westmont is 52% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Westmont, CA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Westmont, CA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Westmont, CA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$53,914$4,493$1,258$1,618
Renters$21,829$1,819$509$655
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 Westmont, 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. Westmont, CA has a median income of about $53,914 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,258 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $21,829. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $509 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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Westmont, 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

ItemWestmontNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.32$14.5925.5%
Beauty Salon $63.86$34.6884.1%
Toothpaste $2.90$2.4717.3%
Shampoo $1.11$1.028.6%
Movie $14.20$9.8743.9%
Bowling $6.63$4.3951.0%

Groceries

ItemWestmontNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.16$4.487.1%
Fried Chicken $1.74$1.4618.8%
Milk $2.62$2.3611.2%
Potatoes $2.99$3.062.3%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.38$8.638.7%

Health Care

ItemWestmontNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $126.07$99.7826.3%
Doctor $97.27$105.037.4%
Dentist $110.00$88.7024.0%
Ibuprofen $12.16$9.4129.2%
Lipitor $280.93$298.505.9%

Housing

ItemWestmontNational avg.Difference
Home Price $299,500.00$175,700.0070.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,080.63$1,081.0392.5%
Apartment Rent $1,006.00$920.009.3%

Transportation

ItemWestmontNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.63$2.0925.7%
Tire Balancing $46.96$45.293.7%

Utilities

ItemWestmontNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.94$170.807.7%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Vernon, CA591033%
Willowbrook, CA20,89711313%
Florence-Graham, CA62,81511414%
Cudahy, CA24,07311414%
Compton, CA97,66311515%
Westmont, CA30,83512222%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
West Lafayette, IN30,84395-5%
Pullman, WA30,85199-1%
Hilliard, OH30,815100-0%
Jamestown, NY30,79978-22%
Fruit Cove, FL30,77012323%
Westmont, CA30,83512222%
Source: The Westmont, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.