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16%
Overall NAT. AVG.
17%
Goods & Services NAT. AVG.
16%
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 Palmdale California National
Cost of living116141100
Goods & Services117111100
Groceries111116100
Health care112111100
Housing116196100
Transportation128129100
Utilities111129100
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Cost Of Living Quick Facts

  • The cost of living in Palmdale is 18% lower than the California average
  • The cost of living in Palmdale is 16% higher than the national average
  • Palmdale housing is 16% 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$77,268$6,439$1,803$2,318
      Renters$40,612$3,384$948$1,218
      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in Palmdale, CA, 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 Palmdale, the median monthly income is $77,268 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,803 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $40,612, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $948 on monthly rental expenses.

      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 Palmdale National avg. Difference
      Haircut $28.39$22.0828.6%
      Beauty Salon $82.67$42.8892.8%
      Toothpaste $3.29$2.5728.3%
      Shampoo $1.22$1.155.8%
      Movie $17.18$11.5149.3%
      Bowling $22.94$16.6238.1%

      Groceries

      Item Palmdale National avg. Difference
      Ground Beef $5.27$4.985.9%
      Fried Chicken $1.77$1.5811.9%
      Milk $2.76$2.4214.1%
      Potatoes $3.16$3.5410.5%
      Pizza $12.60$11.499.7%
      Beer $9.96$10.040.8%

      Health Care

      Item Palmdale National avg. Difference
      Optometrist $132.27$117.7612.3%
      Doctor $130.00$125.343.7%
      Dentist $128.20$107.5219.2%
      Ibuprofen $12.18$10.2618.8%
      Lipitor $492.75$459.247.3%

      Housing

      Item Palmdale National avg. Difference
      Home Price $302,800.00$184,700.0063.9%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $4,299.57$1,697.41153.3%
      Apartment Rent $1,333.00$949.0040.5%

      Transportation

      Item Palmdale National avg. Difference
      Gasoline $5.54$3.8544.2%
      Tire Balancing $56.00$57.011.8%

      Utilities

      Item Palmdale National avg. Difference
      All Electricity $208.33$177.2717.5%
      Phone $192.21$189.621.4%
      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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      City Population Cost of Living Index National Avg.
      Littlerock, CA9481088.1%
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      Sun Village, CA14,08011312.9%
      Desert View Highlands, CA3,25911413.9%
      Quartz Hill, CA10,40511514.6%
      Palmdale, CA153,24011616.0%

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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.