Winters 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.
IndexWintersCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index118137100
IndexWintersCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index109109100
Groceries index114118100
Health care index100111100
Housing index138189100
Transportation index125130100
Utilities index93112100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Winters, CA is shown above. Compared to the state average of California the cost of living index in Winters, CA is 118, which is 14% lower than the average in California and compared to the national average it is 18% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Winters, CA goods and services come in at equal to the average in California and are 9% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Winters is 14% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Winters is 18% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Winters is 38% 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$70,755$5,896$1,651$2,123
Renters$45,530$3,794$1,062$1,366
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Winters, 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 Winters, CA have a median income of $70,755. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,651 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $45,530, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,062.

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 Winters, 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

ItemWintersNational 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

ItemWintersNational 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

ItemWintersNational 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

ItemWintersNational avg.Difference
Home Price $262,700.00$175,700.0049.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,362.97$1,133.2320.3%
Apartment Rent $1,034.00$920.0012.4%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemWintersNational 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.

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Moskowite Corner, CA17290-10%
Lemon Hill, CA12,76797-3%
Yolo, CA5611077%
Madison, CA5261099%
University of California Davis, CA6,73511111%
Winters, CA6,84311818%

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Winters, CA6,84311818%
Source: The Winters, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.