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Overall 20%
Goods & Services 12%
Housing 64%
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.
IndexMammoth LakesCaliforniaNational
Cost of living120140100
Goods & Services88111100
Groceries105118100
Health care111113100
Housing164196100
Transportation111128100
Utilities129118100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Mammoth Lakes is 14% lower than the California average
  • The cost of living in Mammoth Lakes is 20% higher than the national average
  • Mammoth Lakes housing is 64% 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$70,556$5,880$1,646$2,117
      Renters$57,178$4,765$1,334$1,716
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in Mammoth Lakes 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. Mammoth Lakes has a median income of about $70,556 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $1,646 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $57,178. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,334 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

      ItemMammoth LakesNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $27.50$17.4957.2%
      Beauty Salon $50.52$38.1732.4%
      Toothpaste $2.52$2.328.6%
      Shampoo $1.06$1.014.8%
      Movie $15.05$10.7240.3%
      Bowling $18.25$13.8631.7%

      Groceries

      ItemMammoth LakesNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.36$3.9011.8%
      Fried Chicken $2.03$1.4045.4%
      Milk $2.27$1.9615.7%
      Potatoes $3.20$3.180.5%
      Pizza $10.74$10.393.3%
      Beer $8.99$9.232.6%

      Health Care

      ItemMammoth LakesNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $127.00$106.3419.4%
      Doctor $148.00$115.2528.4%
      Dentist $99.60$98.381.2%
      Ibuprofen $10.06$9.268.6%
      Lipitor $502.77$466.477.8%

      Housing

      ItemMammoth LakesNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $334,000.00$184,700.0080.8%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,556.13$1,273.3222.2%
      Apartment Rent $1,181.00$949.0024.4%

      Transportation

      ItemMammoth LakesNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.24$2.5925.0%
      Tire Balancing $45.00$48.908.0%

      Utilities

      ItemMammoth LakesNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$260.15$167.6055.2%
      Phone $173.87$163.426.4%
      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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      McGee Creek, CA651022%
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      Mammoth Lakes, CA8,03512020%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Richland Hills, TX8,03389-11%
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      Willow Street, PA8,0301088%
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      Mammoth Lakes, CA8,03512020%
      Source: The Mammoth Lakes, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.