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Overall 144%
Goods & Services 37%
Housing 404%
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. 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.
IndexSausalitoCaliforniaNational
Cost of living244140100
Goods & Services137111100
Groceries127118100
Health care127113100
Housing504196100
Transportation141128100
Utilities122118100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Sausalito is 74% higher than the California average
  • The cost of living in Sausalito is 144% higher than the national average
  • Sausalito housing is 404% 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$142,610$11,884$3,327$4,279
      Renters$103,482$8,624$2,414$3,105
      The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Sausalito, 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 Sausalito homeowners, is $142,610. This would allow for a maximum of $3,327 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $103,482 which would result in a maximum of $2,414 to be spent on rental costs.

      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

      ItemSausalitoNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $23.67$17.4935.3%
      Beauty Salon $84.88$38.17122.4%
      Toothpaste $2.92$2.3225.8%
      Shampoo $1.37$1.0135.4%
      Movie $15.04$10.7240.2%
      Bowling $21.14$13.8652.5%

      Groceries

      ItemSausalitoNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.47$3.9011.0%
      Fried Chicken $1.39$1.400.4%
      Milk $2.34$1.9619.3%
      Potatoes $2.57$3.1819.3%
      Pizza $13.99$10.3934.6%
      Beer $10.39$9.2312.6%

      Health Care

      ItemSausalitoNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $143.14$106.3434.6%
      Doctor $154.00$115.2533.6%
      Dentist $138.14$98.3840.4%
      Ibuprofen $12.19$9.2631.6%
      Lipitor $435.97$466.476.5%

      Housing

      ItemSausalitoNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $1,163,500.00$184,700.00529.9%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $4,745.39$1,273.32272.7%
      Apartment Rent $1,998.00$949.00110.5%

      Transportation

      ItemSausalitoNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.82$2.5947.5%
      Tire Balancing $65.75$48.9034.5%

      Utilities

      ItemSausalitoNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$224.45$167.6033.9%
      Phone $195.57$163.4219.7%
      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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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Strawberry CDP (Tuolumne County), CA11613333%
      Rollingwood, CA3,23112525%
      San Pablo, CA29,99112626%
      Montalvin Manor, CA3,17412727%
      North Richmond, CA4,03912929%
      Sausalito, CA7,115244144%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Independence, OH7,1151044%
      Southgate, FL7,11411010%
      Greenville, NY7,11419494%
      Amory, MS7,11080-20%
      Bonne Terre, MO7,10982-18%
      Sausalito, CA7,115244144%
      Source: The Sausalito, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.