Brentwood 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.
Cost of living index146140100
Goods & Services index101111100
Groceries index125118100
Health care index100113100
Housing index225196100
Transportation index124128100
Utilities index129118100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Brentwood, CA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Brentwood, CA is 146, which is 4% higher than the California average and 46% 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 Brentwood, CA are 9% lower than the California average and 1% higher than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Brentwood is 4% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Brentwood is 46% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Brentwood is 125% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Brentwood, 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 Brentwood, CA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Brentwood, 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

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If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Brentwood, CA, all you must look at 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 Brentwood, CA, the median monthly income is $107,838 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,516 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $60,246, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,406 on monthly rental expenses.

California Sales Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Brentwood, CA you will want to make sure you consider both the California sales tax and the California income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in California is 7.25%, with the highest surtax being 10.5%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in California have a range from 1% to 13.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemBrentwoodNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.00$17.492.9%
Beauty Salon $40.50$38.176.1%
Toothpaste $2.77$2.3219.3%
Shampoo $1.46$1.0144.3%
Movie $11.63$10.728.4%
Bowling $16.38$13.8618.2%


ItemBrentwoodNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.63$3.9018.7%
Fried Chicken $1.61$1.4015.4%
Milk $2.76$1.9640.7%
Potatoes $3.02$3.185.1%
Pizza $15.59$10.3950.0%
Beer $9.85$9.236.7%

Health Care

ItemBrentwoodNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $114.40$106.347.6%
Doctor $124.33$115.257.9%
Dentist $83.10$98.3815.5%
Ibuprofen $12.12$9.2630.9%
Lipitor $489.24$466.474.9%


ItemBrentwoodNational avg.Difference
Home Price $428,500.00$184,700.00132.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,816.22$1,273.3242.6%
Apartment Rent $1,977.00$949.00108.3%


ItemBrentwoodNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $3.37$2.5930.1%
Tire Balancing $57.49$48.9017.6%


ItemBrentwoodNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$253.20$167.6051.1%
Phone $182.40$163.4211.6%
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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Brentwood, CA56,92314646%

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Source: The Brentwood, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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