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Overall 7%
Goods & Services 4%
Housing 25%
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.
IndexTwentynine PalmsCaliforniaNational
Cost of living93140100
Goods & Services104111100
Groceries95118100
Health care100113100
Housing75196100
Transportation108128100
Utilities98118100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Twentynine Palms is 33% lower than the California average
  • The cost of living in Twentynine Palms is 7% lower than the national average
  • Twentynine Palms housing is 25% lower 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)
      Owners$51,957$4,330$1,212$1,559
      Renters$37,732$3,144$880$1,132
      The percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in Twentynine Palms, 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 Twentynine Palms, homeowners have a median income of $51,957. Using that number, a maximum of $1,212 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $37,732, which means there is a maximum of $880 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

      ItemTwentynine PalmsNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $15.74$17.4910.0%
      Beauty Salon $39.32$38.173.0%
      Toothpaste $2.85$2.3222.6%
      Shampoo $0.86$1.0114.7%
      Movie $8.13$10.7224.2%
      Bowling $5.57$13.8659.8%

      Groceries

      ItemTwentynine PalmsNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.04$3.9022.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.12$1.4019.9%
      Milk $1.55$1.9621.0%
      Potatoes $2.52$3.1820.7%
      Pizza $11.47$10.3910.4%
      Beer $9.33$9.231.1%

      Health Care

      ItemTwentynine PalmsNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $98.34$106.347.5%
      Doctor $107.25$115.256.9%
      Dentist $88.99$98.389.5%
      Ibuprofen $10.00$9.268.0%
      Lipitor $441.65$466.475.3%

      Housing

      ItemTwentynine PalmsNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $118,400.00$184,700.0035.9%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,549.76$1,273.3221.7%
      Apartment Rent $943.00$949.000.6%

      Transportation

      ItemTwentynine PalmsNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.37$2.598.7%
      Tire Balancing $52.40$48.907.2%

      Utilities

      ItemTwentynine PalmsNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$162.02$167.603.3%
      Phone $28.14$163.4282.8%
      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.
      Joshua Tree, CA6,94399-1%
      Twentynine Palms, CA25,84893-7%

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      Neenah, WI25,84992-8%
      Huntley, IL25,8311055%
      Lochearn, MD25,8781066%
      Mount Pleasant, MI25,89689-11%
      Graham, WA25,89711717%
      Twentynine Palms, CA25,84893-7%
      Source: The Twentynine Palms, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.