Midtown 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.
IndexMidtownPalo AltoCalifornia
Cost of living index296301138
IndexMidtownPalo AltoCalifornia
Goods & Services index122122110
Groceries index126126115
Health care index123123109
Housing index701717196
Transportation index130130125
Utilities index114114114

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  • The cost of living in Midtown is 114% higher than the Palo Alto average.
  • The cost of living in Midtown is 196% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Midtown is 601% 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)
Household$148,232$12,353$3,459$4,447

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

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
Haircut $21.86$16.0935.9%
Beauty Salon $69.62$37.3386.5%
Toothpaste $3.23$2.4532.0%
Shampoo $1.20$1.0019.6%
Movie $11.67$10.2813.6%
Bowling $6.78$4.9337.4%

Groceries

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.25$3.8011.8%
Fried Chicken $1.51$1.408.1%
Milk $2.74$2.0136.6%
Potatoes $3.56$3.0118.1%
Pizza $12.11$9.8922.5%
Beer $9.55$8.907.3%

Health Care

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.71$102.1618.2%
Doctor $138.93$108.3628.2%
Dentist $122.57$92.5332.5%
Ibuprofen $11.92$9.2828.4%
Lipitor $416.12$425.822.3%

Housing

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $1,702,100.00$184,700.00821.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,702.60$1,202.44124.8%
Apartment Rent $2,283.00$949.00140.6%

Transportation

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.93$2.2430.3%
Tire Balancing $60.44$46.2930.6%

Utilities

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$230.24$165.9638.7%
Phone $24.33$28.6815.2%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Loma Mar, CA15012727%
Mountain View CDP, CA2,58513434%
East Palo Alto, CA29,35315959%
Newark, CA44,67716565%
Union City, CA73,50016666%
Palo Alto, CA66,649301201%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Portland, ME66,64911414%
Camarillo, CA66,63015151%
Woodbury, MN66,69911818%
South San Francisco, CA66,58717777%
Oshkosh, WI66,71390-10%
Palo Alto, CA66,649301201%
Source: The Midtown, Palo Alto, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.