Brisbane 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.
IndexBrisbaneCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index184138100
IndexBrisbaneCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index129110100
Groceries index125115100
Health care index124109100
Housing index319196100
Transportation index134125100
Utilities index115114100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Brisbane, CA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Brisbane, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 184. This index is 33% higher than the California average, and 84% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Brisbane, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 17% higher than it is in California, and it is 29% higher than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Brisbane is 33% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Brisbane is 84% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Brisbane is 219% 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$105,705$8,809$2,466$3,171
Renters$56,833$4,736$1,326$1,705
The affordability of the housing market in Brisbane, CA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Brisbane, CA homeowners, the median income is $105,705. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,466 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $56,833. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,326 used for their rent related monthly costs.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.25%10.25%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%13.3%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Brisbane, CA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for California, as well as the rate for income tax in California. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for California is 10.25%, and the sales tax in the state of California is 7.25%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in California starts from 1% and goes up to 13.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemBrisbaneNational avg.Difference
Haircut $25.90$16.0961.0%
Beauty Salon $77.35$37.33107.2%
Toothpaste $3.27$2.4533.5%
Shampoo $1.26$1.0025.6%
Movie $13.12$10.2827.6%
Bowling $7.52$4.9352.5%

Groceries

ItemBrisbaneNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.32$3.8013.7%
Fried Chicken $1.64$1.4017.6%
Milk $2.72$2.0135.6%
Potatoes $3.78$3.0125.4%
Pizza $11.98$9.8921.2%
Beer $9.48$8.906.6%

Health Care

ItemBrisbaneNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $124.14$102.1621.5%
Doctor $142.61$108.3631.6%
Dentist $122.05$92.5331.9%
Ibuprofen $11.97$9.2829.0%
Lipitor $421.85$425.820.9%

Housing

ItemBrisbaneNational avg.Difference
Home Price $699,800.00$184,700.00278.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $4,265.07$1,202.44254.7%
Apartment Rent $1,698.00$949.0078.9%

Transportation

ItemBrisbaneNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $3.07$2.2436.9%
Tire Balancing $60.10$46.2929.8%

Utilities

ItemBrisbaneNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$235.44$165.9641.9%
Phone $24.12$28.6815.9%
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.
Strawberry CDP (Tuolumne County), CA11612727%
Ashland, CA24,28813636%
San Leandro, CA89,03914747%
Emeryville, CA11,11114848%
San Lorenzo, CA24,79014848%
Brisbane, CA4,56818484%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
New Freedom, PA4,56911212%
Huber Ridge, OH4,56991-9%
Russell, KS4,57079-21%
Whitmore Village, HI4,57016868%
Ardsley, NY4,57016363%
Brisbane, CA4,56818484%
Source: The Brisbane, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.