Overall 1%
Goods & Services 4%
Housing 1%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from C2ER in January, 2021; 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 Tan ValleyArizonaNational
Cost of living9999100
Goods & Services9699100
Health care9097100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in San Tan Valley is equal to the Arizona average
  • The cost of living in San Tan Valley is 1% lower than the national average
  • San Tan Valley housing is 1% lower than the national average
  • Arizona general sales tax is 10% higher than the national average
  • Arizona state income tax is 5% higher 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)
      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in San Tan Valley, AZ, 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 San Tan Valley, the median monthly income is $64,462 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,504 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $49,230, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,149 on monthly rental expenses.

      Arizona Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemSan Tan ValleyNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $17.22$18.627.5%
      Beauty Salon $41.67$39.056.7%
      Toothpaste $1.53$2.3434.5%
      Shampoo $0.99$1.066.0%
      Movie $8.84$10.6817.3%
      Bowling $17.06$14.6716.3%


      ItemSan Tan ValleyNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.91$4.227.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.68$1.3921.2%
      Milk $1.63$2.0520.6%
      Potatoes $3.42$3.293.9%
      Pizza $10.99$10.623.5%
      Beer $9.58$9.382.1%

      Health Care

      ItemSan Tan ValleyNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $96.17$108.5711.4%
      Doctor $96.33$116.1717.1%
      Dentist $89.83$99.139.4%
      Ibuprofen $8.32$9.6814.0%
      Lipitor $477.61$466.922.3%


      ItemSan Tan ValleyNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $161,000.00$184,700.0012.8%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,186.67$1,197.420.9%
      Apartment Rent $1,187.00$949.0025.1%


      ItemSan Tan ValleyNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.49$2.2211.9%
      Tire Balancing $45.83$50.078.5%


      ItemSan Tan ValleyNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$189.67$167.6713.1%
      Phone $178.49$175.641.6%
      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.
      Sacaton, AZ2,78799-1%
      Upper Santan Village, AZ45999-1%
      Lower Santan Village, AZ60478-22%
      Sacaton Flats Village, AZ36478-22%
      Maricopa Colony, AZ1,02786-14%
      San Tan Valley, AZ88,50799-1%

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      Toms River, NJ88,53712020%
      Edmond, OK88,34296-4%
      Newton, MA88,31719191%
      Meridian, ID88,2471022%
      Waukegan, IL88,15998-2%
      San Tan Valley, AZ88,50799-1%
      Source: The San Tan Valley, AZ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.