Willows 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.
IndexWillowsCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index105137100
IndexWillowsCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index109109100
Groceries index114118100
Health care index100111100
Housing index93189100
Transportation index125130100
Utilities index93112100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Willows, CA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Willows, CA is 105, which is 23% lower than the California average and 5% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Willows, CA are equal to the California average and 9% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Willows is 23% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Willows is 5% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Willows is 7% lower 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$58,726$4,894$1,370$1,762
Renters$29,191$2,433$681$876
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Willows, CA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Willows, CA have a median income of $58,726. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,370 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $29,191, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $681.

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 Willows, 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

ItemWillowsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.56$15.5619.2%
Beauty Salon $46.83$36.1129.7%
Toothpaste $2.36$2.474.7%
Shampoo $1.20$0.9624.0%
Movie $13.04$10.1328.8%
Bowling $6.06$4.7427.9%

Groceries

ItemWillowsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.33$3.988.6%
Fried Chicken $1.44$1.412.3%
Milk $2.74$2.0632.9%
Potatoes $3.24$2.988.6%
Pizza $14.38$9.4751.8%
Beer $8.99$8.792.2%

Health Care

ItemWillowsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $119.75$101.0418.5%
Doctor $90.68$107.4415.6%
Dentist $93.33$90.423.2%
Ibuprofen $11.14$9.2820.0%
Lipitor $422.41$426.501.0%

Housing

ItemWillowsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $175,200.00$175,700.000.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,362.97$1,133.2320.3%
Apartment Rent $710.00$920.0022.8%

Transportation

ItemWillowsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.69$1.9935.0%
Tire Balancing $46.66$45.762.0%

Utilities

ItemWillowsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$167.31$163.812.1%
Phone $23.33$28.3917.8%
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.
Princeton, CA2321033%
Artois, CA19411919%
Willows, CA6,1181055%

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Source: The Willows, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.