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Overall 77%
Goods & Services 30%
Housing 191%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
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. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexEl CerritoCaliforniaNational
Cost of living177140100
Goods & Services130111100
Groceries126118100
Health care127113100
Housing291196100
Transportation137128100
Utilities121118100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in El Cerrito is 26% higher than the California average
  • The cost of living in El Cerrito is 77% higher than the national average
  • El Cerrito housing is 191% 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$111,563$9,297$2,603$3,347
      Renters$68,285$5,690$1,593$2,049
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in El Cerrito is by simply calculating the maximum that should be spent on housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The plan is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. El Cerrito has a median income of about $111,563 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $2,603 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $68,285. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,593 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      California Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      California7.25%10.5%

      California Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      California1%13.3%

      Goods & Services

      ItemEl CerritoNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $19.71$17.4912.7%
      Beauty Salon $67.86$38.1777.8%
      Toothpaste $2.93$2.3226.2%
      Shampoo $1.33$1.0131.4%
      Movie $12.11$10.7212.9%
      Bowling $19.83$13.8643.1%

      Groceries

      ItemEl CerritoNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.71$3.904.9%
      Fried Chicken $1.35$1.403.3%
      Milk $2.39$1.9621.8%
      Potatoes $2.66$3.1816.4%
      Pizza $13.70$10.3931.8%
      Beer $10.49$9.2313.7%

      Health Care

      ItemEl CerritoNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $136.71$106.3428.6%
      Doctor $150.71$115.2530.8%
      Dentist $139.14$98.3841.4%
      Ibuprofen $11.99$9.2629.5%
      Lipitor $442.32$466.475.2%

      Housing

      ItemEl CerritoNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $636,600.00$184,700.00244.7%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,196.29$1,273.32151.0%
      Apartment Rent $1,567.00$949.0065.1%

      Transportation

      ItemEl CerritoNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.79$2.5946.2%
      Tire Balancing $61.00$48.9024.8%

      Utilities

      ItemEl CerritoNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$228.47$167.6036.3%
      Phone $184.65$163.4213.0%
      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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      El Cerrito, CA24,64617777%

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      El Cerrito, CA24,64617777%
      Source: The El Cerrito, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.