San Marino cost of living index

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. 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. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexSan MarinoCaliforniaNational
Cost of living285140100
IndexSan MarinoCaliforniaNational
Goods & Services112111100
Groceries116118100
Health care111113100
Housing686196100
Transportation126128100
Utilities107118100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in San Marino is 104% higher than the California average
  • The cost of living in San Marino is 185% higher than the national average
  • San Marino housing is 586% 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$148,500$12,375$3,465$4,455
      Renters$83,911$6,993$1,958$2,518
      The percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in San Marino, CA, as well as what the overall cost of living might be. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payments and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In San Marino, homeowners have a median income of $148,500. Using that number, a maximum of $3,465 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $83,911, which means there is a maximum of $1,958 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

      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 MarinoNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $22.40$17.4928.1%
      Beauty Salon $68.75$38.1780.1%
      Toothpaste $2.49$2.327.3%
      Shampoo $1.32$1.0130.4%
      Movie $16.10$10.7250.1%
      Bowling $20.33$13.8646.7%

      Groceries

      ItemSan MarinoNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.32$3.9014.9%
      Fried Chicken $1.79$1.4028.2%
      Milk $2.19$1.9611.6%
      Potatoes $2.99$3.186.1%
      Pizza $10.99$10.395.7%
      Beer $9.66$9.234.7%

      Health Care

      ItemSan MarinoNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $126.40$106.3418.9%
      Doctor $126.00$115.259.3%
      Dentist $109.40$98.3811.2%
      Ibuprofen $12.32$9.2633.0%
      Lipitor $483.87$466.473.7%

      Housing

      ItemSan MarinoNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $1,518,400.00$184,700.00722.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,944.66$1,273.32131.3%
      Apartment Rent $3,501.00$949.00268.9%

      Transportation

      ItemSan MarinoNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.70$2.5942.8%
      Tire Balancing $50.20$48.902.7%

      Utilities

      ItemSan MarinoNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$184.11$167.609.8%
      Phone $186.90$163.4214.4%
      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.

      Nearby cities with low cost of living

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Willowbrook, CA22,03511919%
      Florence-Graham, CA63,39012020%
      Cudahy, CA24,10612323%
      Lynwood, CA71,23312525%
      Westmont, CA32,14712525%
      San Marino, CA13,324285185%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      North Adams, MA13,3261000%
      Mercerville, NJ13,32811717%
      Fruitville, FL13,33311313%
      Sauk Rapids, MN13,33499-1%
      Solana Beach, CA13,312217117%
      San Marino, CA13,324285185%
      Source: The San Marino, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.