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Overall 7%
Goods & Services 6%
Housing 33%
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The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexCalgaryAlbertaNational
Cost of living93100100
Goods & Services106105100
Groceries10099100
Health care103101100
Housing6788100
Transportation9594100
Utilities112122100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Calgary is 7% lower than the Alberta average
  • The cost of living in Calgary is 7% lower than the national average
  • Calgary housing is 33% lower than the national average
  • Alberta sales tax is 100% lower than the national average
  • Alberta income tax is 19% higher than the national average

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      Alberta Sales Tax

      ProvinceProvincial TaxTotal Tax Rate
      Alberta0%5%

      Alberta Income Tax

      ProvinceIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Alberta10%15%

      Goods & Services

      ItemCalgaryNational avg.Difference
      Personal Care 103949.2%
      Recreation 1051022.6%

      Groceries

      ItemCalgaryNational avg.Difference
      Meat, Poultry and Fish 1031020.7%
      Dairy Products and Eggs 1021052.5%
      Bakery and Cereal Products 9911211.3%
      Fruit and Vegetables 1041138.3%
      Alcoholic Beverages 1011064.5%

      Health Care

      ItemCalgaryNational avg.Difference
      Doctor 1031011.9%

      Housing

      ItemCalgaryNational avg.Difference
      Home Price ($) 433,025663,50334.7%
      Apartment Rent ($) 1,4241,27411.8%

      Transportation

      ItemCalgaryNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline 8510216.7%

      Utilities

      ItemCalgaryNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity103994.5%
      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

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Chestermere, AB24,643955.5%
      Tsuu T'ina Nation 145 (Sarcee 145), AB2,6511087.7%
      Rocky View County, AB44,05611312.5%
      Calgary, AB1,371,990937.1%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      San Diego, CA1,374,812n/a 
      San Antonio, TX1,439,358n/a 
      Dallas, TX1,278,433n/a 
      Phoenix, AZ1,555,324n/a 
      Philadelphia, PA1,559,938n/a 
      Calgary, AB1,371,990937.1%
      Source: The Calgary, AB data and statistics displayed above are derived from Statistics Canada 2020.