Desert Edge 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.
IndexDesert EdgeCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index87138100
IndexDesert EdgeCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index103110100
Groceries index114115100
Health care index107109100
Housing index31196100
Transportation index123125100
Utilities index117114100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Desert Edge, CA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Desert Edge, CA is 87, which is 37% lower than the California average and 13% lower 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 Desert Edge, CA are 6% lower than the California average and 3% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Desert Edge is 37% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Desert Edge is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Desert Edge is 69% lower 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$31,396$2,616$733$942
Renters$14,208$1,184$331$426
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Desert Edge, CA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Desert Edge, CA homeowners, is $31,396. This would allow for a maximum of $733 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $14,208 which would result in a maximum of $331 to be spent on rental 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 Desert Edge, 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

ItemDesert EdgeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.00$16.0918.1%
Beauty Salon $57.00$37.3352.7%
Toothpaste $2.66$2.458.8%
Shampoo $1.29$1.0028.9%
Movie $13.78$10.2834.1%
Bowling $5.07$4.932.7%

Groceries

ItemDesert EdgeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.77$3.8025.4%
Fried Chicken $1.14$1.4018.6%
Milk $2.16$2.017.6%
Potatoes $2.77$3.018.1%
Pizza $9.96$9.890.7%
Beer $9.88$8.9011.0%

Health Care

ItemDesert EdgeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $107.20$102.164.9%
Doctor $105.00$108.363.1%
Dentist $104.33$92.5312.8%
Ibuprofen $12.77$9.2837.6%
Lipitor $409.84$425.823.8%

Housing

ItemDesert EdgeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $33,600.00$184,700.0081.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,000.48$1,202.44149.5%
Apartment Rent $579.00$949.0039.0%

Transportation

ItemDesert EdgeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.91$2.2429.7%
Tire Balancing $50.56$46.299.2%

Utilities

ItemDesert EdgeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$232.69$165.9640.2%
Phone $25.97$28.689.5%
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.

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Sky Valley, CA2,57495-5%
Garnet, CA6,2971022%
Whitewater, CA8211044%
Coachella, CA43,8261044%
Thousand Palms, CA7,8751066%
Desert Edge, CA3,84887-13%

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Desert Edge, CA3,84887-13%
Source: The Desert Edge, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.