Blackhawk cost of living index

Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The 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. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexBlackhawkCaliforniaNational
Cost of living238140100
IndexBlackhawkCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services130111100
Groceries126118100
Health care127113100
Housing494196100
Transportation137128100
Utilities121118100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Blackhawk is 70% higher than the California average
  • The cost of living in Blackhawk is 138% higher than the national average
  • Blackhawk housing is 394% higher than the national average
  • California general sales tax is 42% 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$185,982$15,499$4,339$5,580
      Renters$130,050$10,838$3,034$3,902
      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in Blackhawk, CA, is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Blackhawk, the median monthly income is $185,982 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $4,339 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $130,050, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $3,034 on monthly rental expenses.

      California Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      California7.25%10.5%

      California Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      California1%13.3%

      Goods & Services

      ItemBlackhawkNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $19.71$17.4912.7%
      Beauty Salon $67.86$38.1777.8%
      Toothpaste $2.93$2.3226.2%
      Shampoo $1.33$1.0131.4%
      Movie $12.11$10.7212.9%
      Bowling $19.83$13.8643.1%

      Groceries

      ItemBlackhawkNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.71$3.904.9%
      Fried Chicken $1.35$1.403.3%
      Milk $2.39$1.9621.8%
      Potatoes $2.66$3.1816.4%
      Pizza $13.70$10.3931.8%
      Beer $10.49$9.2313.7%

      Health Care

      ItemBlackhawkNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $136.71$106.3428.6%
      Doctor $150.71$115.2530.8%
      Dentist $139.14$98.3841.4%
      Ibuprofen $11.99$9.2629.5%
      Lipitor $442.32$466.475.2%

      Housing

      ItemBlackhawkNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $1,064,600.00$184,700.00476.4%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,196.29$1,273.32151.0%
      Apartment Rent $2,866.00$949.00202.0%

      Transportation

      ItemBlackhawkNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.79$2.5946.2%
      Tire Balancing $61.00$48.9024.8%

      Utilities

      ItemBlackhawkNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$228.47$167.6036.3%
      Phone $184.65$163.4213.0%
      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.
      North Gate, CA46512929%
      Pacheco, CA4,05912828%
      San Miguel CDP (San Luis Obispo County), CA2,69613535%
      Pittsburg, CA67,99813636%
      Antioch, CA108,67512626%
      Blackhawk, CA9,468238138%

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      DeForest, WI9,4681066%
      Good Hope, CA9,4711077%
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      Milton, FL9,46291-9%
      Anthony, NM9,45979-21%
      Blackhawk, CA9,468238138%
      Source: The Blackhawk, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.