Overall 201%
Goods & Services 30%
Housing 605%
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.
IndexWest Menlo ParkCaliforniaNational
Cost of living301140100
Goods & Services130111100
Health care127113100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in West Menlo Park is 115% higher than the California average
  • The cost of living in West Menlo Park is 201% higher than the national average
  • West Menlo Park housing is 605% 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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      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in West Menlo Park 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. West Menlo Park has a median income of about $202,083 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $4,715 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $154,375. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $3,602 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemWest Menlo ParkNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $19.71$17.4912.7%
      Beauty Salon $67.86$38.1777.8%
      Toothpaste $2.93$2.3226.2%
      Shampoo $1.33$1.0131.4%
      Movie $12.11$10.7212.9%
      Bowling $19.83$13.8643.1%


      ItemWest Menlo ParkNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.71$3.904.9%
      Fried Chicken $1.35$1.403.3%
      Milk $2.39$1.9621.8%
      Potatoes $2.66$3.1816.4%
      Pizza $13.70$10.3931.8%
      Beer $10.49$9.2313.7%

      Health Care

      ItemWest Menlo ParkNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $136.71$106.3428.6%
      Doctor $150.71$115.2530.8%
      Dentist $139.14$98.3841.4%
      Ibuprofen $11.99$9.2629.5%
      Lipitor $442.32$466.475.2%


      ItemWest Menlo ParkNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $1,664,200.00$184,700.00801.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,196.29$1,273.32151.0%
      Apartment Rent $2,342.00$949.00146.8%


      ItemWest Menlo ParkNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.79$2.5946.2%
      Tire Balancing $61.00$48.9024.8%


      ItemWest Menlo ParkNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$228.47$167.6036.3%
      Phone $184.65$163.4213.0%
      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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      Source: The West Menlo Park, CA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.