Nevada City cost of living index

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. 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. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexNevada CityCaliforniaNational
Cost of living129140100
IndexNevada CityCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services107111100
Groceries121118100
Health care117113100
Housing165196100
Transportation134128100
Utilities102118100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Nevada City is 8% lower than the California average
  • The cost of living in Nevada City is 29% higher than the national average
  • Nevada City housing is 65% 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$57,386$4,782$1,339$1,722
      Renters$26,458$2,205$617$794

      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

      ItemNevada CityNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $26.80$17.4953.2%
      Beauty Salon $55.40$38.1745.1%
      Toothpaste $2.94$2.3226.7%
      Shampoo $1.48$1.0146.3%
      Movie $12.78$10.7219.2%
      Bowling $18.00$13.8629.9%

      Groceries

      ItemNevada CityNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.29$3.9010.0%
      Fried Chicken $1.47$1.405.3%
      Milk $2.57$1.9631.0%
      Potatoes $2.96$3.187.0%
      Pizza $15.19$10.3946.1%
      Beer $9.66$9.234.7%

      Health Care

      ItemNevada CityNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $131.29$106.3423.5%
      Doctor $155.00$115.2534.5%
      Dentist $107.22$98.389.0%
      Ibuprofen $11.92$9.2628.7%
      Lipitor $491.23$466.475.3%

      Housing

      ItemNevada CityNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $357,700.00$184,700.0093.7%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,623.46$1,273.3227.5%
      Apartment Rent $933.00$949.001.7%

      Transportation

      ItemNevada CityNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.73$2.5943.7%
      Tire Balancing $60.10$48.9022.9%

      Utilities

      ItemNevada CityNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$171.58$167.602.4%
      Phone $183.90$163.4212.5%
      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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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Alleghany, CA1341066%
      Washington, CA791066%
      Challenge-Brownsville, CA7761022%
      Camptonville, CA1711055%
      Smartsville, CA14211010%
      Nevada City, CA3,11712929%

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