Overall 147%
Goods & Services 37%
Housing 412%
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.
IndexHighlands-Baywood ParkCaliforniaNational
Cost of living247140100
Goods & Services137111100
Health care127113100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Highlands-Baywood Park is 76% higher than the California average
  • The cost of living in Highlands-Baywood Park is 147% higher than the national average
  • Highlands-Baywood Park housing is 412% higher than the national average
  • California general sales tax is 42% higher than the national average
  • California state income tax is 59% lower than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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      To approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Highlands-Baywood Park, CA, we can look at the percentage of income that is available to be spent on monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side, a consumer should not spend more than 28% of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36% of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Highlands-Baywood Park have a median income of $170,556. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $3,979 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $118,750, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $2,771.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemHighlands-Baywood ParkNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $23.67$17.4935.3%
      Beauty Salon $84.88$38.17122.4%
      Toothpaste $2.92$2.3225.8%
      Shampoo $1.37$1.0135.4%
      Movie $15.04$10.7240.2%
      Bowling $21.14$13.8652.5%


      ItemHighlands-Baywood ParkNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.47$3.9011.0%
      Fried Chicken $1.39$1.400.4%
      Milk $2.34$1.9619.3%
      Potatoes $2.57$3.1819.3%
      Pizza $13.99$10.3934.6%
      Beer $10.39$9.2312.6%

      Health Care

      ItemHighlands-Baywood ParkNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $143.14$106.3434.6%
      Doctor $154.00$115.2533.6%
      Dentist $138.14$98.3840.4%
      Ibuprofen $12.19$9.2631.6%
      Lipitor $435.97$466.476.5%


      ItemHighlands-Baywood ParkNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $1,184,000.00$184,700.00541.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $4,745.39$1,273.32272.7%
      Apartment Rent $2,007.00$949.00111.5%


      ItemHighlands-Baywood ParkNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.82$2.5947.5%
      Tire Balancing $65.75$48.9034.5%


      ItemHighlands-Baywood ParkNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$224.45$167.6033.9%
      Phone $195.57$163.4219.7%
      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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      Source: The Highlands-Baywood Park, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.