Overall 50%
Goods & Services 23%
Housing 101%
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.
IndexSanta RosaCaliforniaNational
Cost of living150140100
Goods & Services123109100
Health care123109100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Santa Rosa is 7% higher than the California average
  • The cost of living in Santa Rosa is 50% higher than the national average
  • Santa Rosa housing is 101% 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

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      Goods & Services

      ItemSanta RosaNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $23.94$20.2718.1%
      Beauty Salon $76.38$40.3989.1%
      Toothpaste $2.93$2.3624.1%
      Shampoo $1.32$1.0822.6%
      Movie $16.04$10.9946.0%
      Bowling $20.50$15.4932.3%


      ItemSanta RosaNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.38$4.301.8%
      Fried Chicken $1.80$1.4028.9%
      Milk $2.55$2.2015.9%
      Potatoes $3.74$3.2216.3%
      Pizza $12.49$10.7416.3%
      Beer $10.21$9.606.4%

      Health Care

      ItemSanta RosaNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $136.56$109.7324.5%
      Doctor $148.50$118.3425.5%
      Dentist $133.23$100.9432.0%
      Ibuprofen $12.21$9.9323.0%
      Lipitor $479.93$469.532.2%


      ItemSanta RosaNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $414,800.00$184,700.00124.6%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $4,448.29$1,229.62261.8%
      Apartment Rent $1,371.00$949.0044.5%


      ItemSanta RosaNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $4.03$2.7148.5%
      Tire Balancing $69.34$51.8633.7%


      ItemSanta RosaNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$266.44$170.8456.0%
      Phone $196.49$187.185.0%
      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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      Santa Rosa, CA173,16515050%

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      Rancho Cucamonga, CA173,30913939%
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      Source: The Santa Rosa, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.