Burlingame 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.
IndexBurlingameCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index270138100
IndexBurlingameCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index129110100
Groceries index125115100
Health care index124109100
Housing index605196100
Transportation index134125100
Utilities index115114100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Burlingame, CA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Burlingame, CA is 270, which is 95% higher than the California average and 170% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Burlingame, CA are 17% higher than the average for California and 29% higher than the rest of the country.
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  • The cost of living in Burlingame is 95% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Burlingame is 170% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Burlingame is 505% 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$167,438$13,953$3,907$5,024
Renters$77,598$6,467$1,810$2,328
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Burlingame, 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 Burlingame, CA, the median monthly income is $167,438 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $3,907 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $77,598, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,810 on monthly rental expenses.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.25%10.25%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%13.3%
The California sales tax and California income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Burlingame, CA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The California sales tax is 7.25% and the maximum surtax is 10.25%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The California income tax rates range from 1% to 13.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemBurlingameNational 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

ItemBurlingameNational 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

ItemBurlingameNational 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

ItemBurlingameNational avg.Difference
Home Price $1,447,400.00$184,700.00683.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $4,265.07$1,202.44254.7%
Apartment Rent $1,789.00$949.0088.5%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemBurlingameNational 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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Ashland, CA24,28813636%
Cherryland, CA15,06613636%
San Leandro, CA89,03914747%
San Lorenzo, CA24,79014848%
Oakland, CA412,04015454%
Burlingame, CA30,118270170%

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Holly Springs, NC30,12611111%
Lawrenceville, GA30,12795-5%
Orcutt, CA30,10913333%
Spring Valley, CA30,12813434%
Myrtle Beach, SC30,10699-1%
Burlingame, CA30,118270170%
Source: The Burlingame, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.