Woodside 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.
IndexWoodsideCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index217135100
IndexWoodsideCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index115107100
Groceries index124117100
Health care index119109100
Housing index449189100
Transportation index131125100
Utilities index108116100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Woodside, CA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Woodside, CA is 217, which is 60% higher than the California average and 117% 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 Woodside, CA are 8% higher than the California average and 15% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Woodside is 60% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Woodside is 117% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Woodside is 349% 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 meant to help you compare your salary in Woodside, CA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Woodside, CA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Woodside, CA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$216,750$18,063$5,057$6,503
Renters$67,813$5,651$1,582$2,035
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 Woodside, 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. Woodside, CA has a median income of about $216,750 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $5,057 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $67,813. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,582 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%
For those who live in Woodside, 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

ItemWoodsideNational 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

ItemWoodsideNational 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

ItemWoodsideNational 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

ItemWoodsideNational avg.Difference
Home Price $3,227,900.00$175,700.001,737.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,294.70$1,081.03204.8%
Apartment Rent $1,545.00$920.0067.9%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemWoodsideNational 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.

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Mountain View, CA2,29912626%
East Palo Alto, CA28,92014343%
Newark, CA43,63515353%
Pescadero, CA1,04615555%
Union City, CA71,67515555%
Woodside, CA5,427217117%

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Woodside, CA5,427217117%
Source: The Woodside, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.