La Mirada 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.
IndexLa MiradaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index144140100
IndexLa MiradaCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index110111100
Groceries index116118100
Health care index109113100
Housing index222196100
Transportation index130128100
Utilities index90118100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the La Mirada, CA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living index in La Mirada, CA is 144, which is 3% higher than the California average and 44% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in La Mirada, CA are 2% lower than the average for California and 10% higher than the rest of the country.
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  • The cost of living in La Mirada is 3% higher than the California average.
  • The cost of living in La Mirada is 44% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in La Mirada is 122% 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$92,211$7,684$2,151$2,767
Renters$51,976$4,331$1,213$1,559
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in La Mirada, CA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In La Mirada, CA, the median monthly income is $92,211 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,151 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $51,976, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,213 on monthly rental expenses.

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.25%10.5%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%13.3%
When you are determining the total cost of living in La Mirada, CA you will want to make sure you consider both the California sales tax and the California income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in California is 7.25%, with the highest surtax being 10.5%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in California have a range from 1% to 13.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemLa MiradaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $21.80$17.4924.6%
Beauty Salon $65.00$38.1770.3%
Toothpaste $2.19$2.325.6%
Shampoo $1.32$1.0130.4%
Movie $14.42$10.7234.5%
Bowling $23.33$13.8668.3%

Groceries

ItemLa MiradaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.32$3.9014.9%
Fried Chicken $1.79$1.4028.2%
Milk $2.19$1.9611.6%
Potatoes $3.09$3.182.9%
Pizza $10.99$10.395.7%
Beer $9.66$9.234.7%

Health Care

ItemLa MiradaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $96.75$106.349.0%
Doctor $123.33$115.257.0%
Dentist $112.40$98.3814.2%
Ibuprofen $11.99$9.2629.5%
Lipitor $483.87$466.473.7%

Housing

ItemLa MiradaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $448,400.00$184,700.00142.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,485.71$1,273.32173.8%
Apartment Rent $1,642.00$949.0073.0%

Transportation

ItemLa MiradaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $3.81$2.5947.0%
Tire Balancing $51.00$48.904.3%

Utilities

ItemLa MiradaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$142.30$167.6015.1%
Phone $173.40$163.426.1%
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

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Willowbrook, CA22,03511919%
Florence-Graham, CA63,39012020%
Compton, CA97,74012020%
East Rancho Dominguez, CA15,88712222%
West Rancho Dominguez, CA22,72412323%
La Mirada, CA49,13014444%

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Harrisburg, PA49,16088-12%
Niagara Falls, NY49,18082-18%
Methuen Town, MA49,04312020%
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA49,03816060%
Severn, MD49,01712727%
La Mirada, CA49,13014444%
Source: The La Mirada, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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