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Overall 85%
Goods & Services 10%
Housing 257%
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.
IndexSan ClementeCaliforniaNational
Cost of living185140100
Goods & Services110111100
Groceries116118100
Health care109113100
Housing357196100
Transportation130128100
Utilities90118100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in San Clemente is 32% higher than the California average
  • The cost of living in San Clemente is 85% higher than the national average
  • San Clemente housing is 257% 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$130,247$10,854$3,039$3,908
      Renters$55,123$4,594$1,286$1,654
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in San Clemente 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. San Clemente has a median income of about $130,247 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $3,039 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $55,123. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,286 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

      ItemSan ClementeNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $21.80$17.4924.6%
      Beauty Salon $65.00$38.1770.3%
      Toothpaste $2.19$2.325.6%
      Shampoo $1.32$1.0130.4%
      Movie $14.42$10.7234.5%
      Bowling $23.33$13.8668.3%

      Groceries

      ItemSan ClementeNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.32$3.9014.9%
      Fried Chicken $1.79$1.4028.2%
      Milk $2.19$1.9611.6%
      Potatoes $3.09$3.182.9%
      Pizza $10.99$10.395.7%
      Beer $9.66$9.234.7%

      Health Care

      ItemSan ClementeNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $96.75$106.349.0%
      Doctor $123.33$115.257.0%
      Dentist $112.40$98.3814.2%
      Ibuprofen $11.99$9.2629.5%
      Lipitor $483.87$466.473.7%

      Housing

      ItemSan ClementeNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $801,100.00$184,700.00333.7%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,485.71$1,273.32173.8%
      Apartment Rent $1,696.00$949.0078.7%

      Transportation

      ItemSan ClementeNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.81$2.5947.0%
      Tire Balancing $51.00$48.904.3%

      Utilities

      ItemSan ClementeNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$142.30$167.6015.1%
      Phone $173.40$163.426.1%
      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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      San Clemente, CA65,08218585%

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