Pala 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.
IndexPalaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living index109138100
IndexPalaCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services index103110100
Groceries index114115100
Health care index107109100
Housing index105196100
Transportation index123125100
Utilities index117114100

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  • The cost of living in Pala is 21% lower than the California average.
  • The cost of living in Pala is 9% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Pala is 5% 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$120,938$10,078$2,822$3,629
Renters$40,000$3,333$933$1,200

California Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
California7.25%10.25%

California Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
California1%13.3%

Goods & Services

ItemPalaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.00$16.0918.1%
Beauty Salon $57.00$37.3352.7%
Toothpaste $2.66$2.458.8%
Shampoo $1.29$1.0028.9%
Movie $13.78$10.2834.1%
Bowling $5.07$4.932.7%

Groceries

ItemPalaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.77$3.8025.4%
Fried Chicken $1.14$1.4018.6%
Milk $2.16$2.017.6%
Potatoes $2.77$3.018.1%
Pizza $9.96$9.890.7%
Beer $9.88$8.9011.0%

Health Care

ItemPalaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $107.20$102.164.9%
Doctor $105.00$108.363.1%
Dentist $104.33$92.5312.8%
Ibuprofen $12.77$9.2837.6%
Lipitor $409.84$425.823.8%

Housing

ItemPalaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $208,300.00$184,700.0012.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,000.48$1,202.44149.5%
Apartment Rent $825.00$949.0013.1%

Transportation

ItemPalaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.91$2.2429.7%
Tire Balancing $50.56$46.299.2%

Utilities

ItemPalaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$232.69$165.9640.2%
Phone $25.97$28.689.5%
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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Source: The Pala, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.