Overall 49%
Goods & Services 19%
Housing 103%
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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 LeandroCaliforniaNational
Cost of living149140100
Goods & Services119109100
Health care122109100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in San Leandro is 7% higher than the California average
  • The cost of living in San Leandro is 49% higher than the national average
  • San Leandro housing is 103% higher than the national average
  • California general sales tax is 42% higher than the national average
  • California state income tax is 59% 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)
      The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in San Leandro, CA, as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for San Leandro homeowners, is $87,798. This would allow for a maximum of $2,048 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $46,745 which would result in a maximum of $1,091 to be spent on rental costs.

      California Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemSan LeandroNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $21.17$20.274.4%
      Beauty Salon $71.31$40.3976.5%
      Toothpaste $3.06$2.3629.7%
      Shampoo $1.36$1.0826.0%
      Movie $14.19$10.9929.2%
      Bowling $20.50$15.4932.3%


      ItemSan LeandroNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.24$4.301.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.82$1.4030.3%
      Milk $2.78$2.2026.2%
      Potatoes $2.98$3.227.5%
      Pizza $12.93$10.7420.4%
      Beer $10.32$9.607.5%

      Health Care

      ItemSan LeandroNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $132.96$109.7321.2%
      Doctor $139.84$118.3418.2%
      Dentist $138.42$100.9437.1%
      Ibuprofen $12.22$9.9323.0%
      Lipitor $473.62$469.530.9%


      ItemSan LeandroNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $426,900.00$184,700.00131.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,714.78$1,229.62120.8%
      Apartment Rent $1,319.00$949.0039.0%


      ItemSan LeandroNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.95$2.7145.7%
      Tire Balancing $68.02$51.8631.2%


      ItemSan LeandroNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$266.98$170.8456.3%
      Phone $185.39$187.181.0%
      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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      North Gate, CA46512625.6%
      San Miguel CDP (San Luis Obispo County), CA2,69613332.8%
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      Cherryland, CA15,06613838.4%
      El Cerrito CDP, CA5,69914443.5%
      San Leandro, CA89,03914949.0%

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      San Leandro, CA89,03914949.0%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.