Jackson 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.
Cost of living index115140100
Goods & Services index101111100
Groceries index125118100
Health care index100113100
Housing index122196100
Transportation index124128100
Utilities index129118100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Jackson, CA is displayed above. In Jackson, CA, the overall cost of living index is 115, which is 18% lower than the California average and 15% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Jackson, CA, the city's goods and services are 9% lower than the California average and 1% higher than the U.S. average.
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  • The cost of living in Jackson is 18% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Jackson is 15% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Jackson is 22% 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

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The affordability of the housing market in Jackson, CA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Jackson, CA homeowners, the median income is $52,986. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,236 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $32,988. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $770 used for their rent related monthly costs.

California Sales Tax

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For those who live in Jackson, CA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the California income tax rate and the California sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In California, the sales tax is 7.25%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 10.5%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in California, the income tax rate ranges between 1% to 13.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemJacksonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.00$17.492.9%
Beauty Salon $40.50$38.176.1%
Toothpaste $2.77$2.3219.3%
Shampoo $1.46$1.0144.3%
Movie $11.63$10.728.4%
Bowling $16.38$13.8618.2%


ItemJacksonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.63$3.9018.7%
Fried Chicken $1.61$1.4015.4%
Milk $2.76$1.9640.7%
Potatoes $3.02$3.185.1%
Pizza $15.59$10.3950.0%
Beer $9.85$9.236.7%

Health Care

ItemJacksonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $114.40$106.347.6%
Doctor $124.33$115.257.9%
Dentist $83.10$98.3815.5%
Ibuprofen $12.12$9.2630.9%
Lipitor $489.24$466.474.9%


ItemJacksonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $238,100.00$184,700.0028.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,816.22$1,273.3242.6%
Apartment Rent $996.00$949.005.0%


ItemJacksonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $3.37$2.5930.1%
Tire Balancing $57.49$48.9017.6%


ItemJacksonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$253.20$167.6051.1%
Phone $182.40$163.4211.6%
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

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Volcano, CA2411313%
Fiddletown, CA14011313%
Buena Vista, CA36096-4%
River Pines, CA5741044%
San Andreas, CA3,0771077%
Jackson, CA4,63011515%

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Jackson, CA4,63011515%
Source: The Jackson, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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