Overall 43%
Goods & Services 15%
Housing 110%
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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.
IndexSanta ClaritaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living143140100
Goods & Services115109100
Health care111109100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Santa Clarita is 3% higher than the California average
  • The cost of living in Santa Clarita is 43% higher than the national average
  • Santa Clarita housing is 110% 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)
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in Santa Clarita 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. Santa Clarita has a median income of about $100,451 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $2,344 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $58,280. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,360 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      California Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemSanta ClaritaNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $25.92$20.2727.8%
      Beauty Salon $85.33$40.39111.2%
      Toothpaste $2.23$2.365.6%
      Shampoo $1.33$1.0823.3%
      Movie $17.40$10.9958.4%
      Bowling $22.00$15.4942.0%


      ItemSanta ClaritaNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.41$4.302.5%
      Fried Chicken $1.79$1.4028.2%
      Milk $2.30$2.204.4%
      Potatoes $2.99$3.227.1%
      Pizza $11.99$10.7411.6%
      Beer $9.93$9.603.5%

      Health Care

      ItemSanta ClaritaNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $123.18$109.7312.3%
      Doctor $126.33$118.346.8%
      Dentist $115.69$100.9414.6%
      Ibuprofen $11.49$9.9315.7%
      Lipitor $489.74$469.534.3%


      ItemSanta ClaritaNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $417,400.00$184,700.00126.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,848.42$1,229.62131.7%
      Apartment Rent $1,653.00$949.0074.2%


      ItemSanta ClaritaNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.91$2.7144.2%
      Tire Balancing $51.87$51.860.0%


      ItemSanta ClaritaNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$191.63$170.8412.2%
      Phone $187.64$187.180.2%
      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.

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      Piru, CA1,95012120.6%
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      Castaic, CA19,52914342.5%
      Santa Clarita, CA180,30314343.4%

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