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57%
Overall NAT. AVG.
12%
Goods & Services NAT. AVG.
165%
Housing NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2023 and was released from C2ER in January, 2023; 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.
Index Long Beach California National
Cost of living157140100
Goods & Services112111100
Groceries113112100
Health care99109100
Housing265196100
Transportation124126100
Utilities94127100
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Cost Of Living Quick Facts

  • The cost of living in Long Beach is 13% higher than the California average
  • The cost of living in Long Beach is 57% higher than the national average
  • Long Beach housing is 165% higher than the national average
  • California general sales tax is 42% higher than the national average
  • California state income tax is 56% lower than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

      Median Income Per Year Per Month Max Budget (28% DTI) Max Budget (36% DTI)
      Owners$102,380$8,532$2,389$3,072
      Renters$50,566$4,214$1,180$1,517
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in Long Beach 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. Long Beach has a median income of about $102,380 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $2,389 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $50,566. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,180 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      California Sales Tax

      State General Sales Tax With Max Surtax
      California 7.25% 10.5%

      California Income Tax

      State Income Tax (Low) Income Tax (High)
      California 1% 12.3%

      Goods & Services

      Item Long Beach National avg. Difference
      Haircut $27.27$24.2612.4%
      Beauty Salon $41.78$45.568.3%
      Toothpaste $3.61$3.702.6%
      Shampoo $1.34$1.284.9%
      Movie $11.04$12.139.0%
      Bowling $21.11$18.0017.3%

      Groceries

      Item Long Beach National avg. Difference
      Ground Beef $5.89$5.840.8%
      Fried Chicken $3.49$1.57121.9%
      Milk $4.92$4.675.4%
      Potatoes $4.92$4.930.3%
      Pizza $15.31$12.0926.6%
      Beer $10.26$10.411.4%

      Health Care

      Item Long Beach National avg. Difference
      Optometrist $112.92$125.6810.2%
      Doctor $95.50$135.7829.7%
      Dentist $117.28$113.293.5%
      Ibuprofen $10.58$10.650.7%
      Lipitor $521.17$468.6011.2%

      Housing

      Item Long Beach National avg. Difference
      Home Price $584,200.00$184,700.00216.3%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,441.43$2,346.694.0%
      Apartment Rent $1,391.00$949.0046.6%

      Transportation

      Item Long Beach National avg. Difference
      Gasoline $4.75$3.4637.3%
      Tire Balancing $61.38$59.922.4%

      Utilities

      Item Long Beach National avg. Difference
      All Electricity $378.97$193.9995.4%
      Phone $180.31$192.256.2%
      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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      Florence-Graham, CA64,78713736.5%
      East Rancho Dominguez, CA15,25213736.7%
      Long Beach, CA462,08115757.0%

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      Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2023 and was released from C2ER in January, 2023; this is the most current data available.