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Cost of Living in California 2024


California State is home to some of USA's richest and poorest cities and counties. By 2024, According to COI Index, California is the expensive state in terms of Cost of Living. California State has a total area of 155,751.4 square miles, including 7,900.2 square miles of water, making it the 3rd-largest state by area. California is bordered by Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon. The California's mean household income is $113,563 where as median household income is $80,440, compared to $65,712 Median household income in United States. The employment rate of California is 60.3%. The average cost of living in California in 2023 is $47,801 per year. Types of Language Spoken at Home in California, 55.5% speak english, 28.8% speak Spanish, 4.6% speak other European languages, 10.1% speak Asian languages. A comparison of the Cost of Living in California indexes across major Cities compared to the national average. May be these things are to be known when there is a move in people destination to California like How much does it cost to live, eat, and go out on the city or town in California? Do California is an expensive state? How much of an annual salary do you need to survive in the state of California or the data below estimates the cost of living in California per month?

Cost of Living in California

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COL Index142.4
Mean Avg.Salary$80,440

California has the fastest declining population in the USA in 2022. More people leave California for other states annually than move into California from other states due to high cost of living. There is a net growth in state population from foreign citizens moving into the state from other countries. The top 10 cities of California are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Bakersfield and Anaheim.

Population density244.4
Per capita income$32,482
Median household income$66,529
Median family income$77,252


Means of Transportation to Work in California, 73.5% drive alone, 9.8% take carpool, 5.2% take public transport, 2.6% go by walk. Generally, 16 is the legal driving age limit required, some states has a requirement of 14 years to 14 years 9 months with parental supervision, and other are between 15 years to 16 years.

One-way Ticket (Local Transport) ($)Travel Monthly Pass ($)Taxi Standard ($)Taxi every 1km ($)Taxi 1hour Waiting ($)
Regarding California employed population are 78.1% are private wage and salary workers, 13.9% are government workers and 7.8% are self-employed business workers. Out of these employed occupations are 40.7% work in the areas of Management, business, science, and arts occupations, 18.4% are in Service occupations, 20.1% are in Sales and office occupations, 9% in Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations and 11.9% are in the areas of Production, transportation, and material moving occupations.

Housing in California

For the most of the people housing is the key portion of the budget. By 2023, how much to live in California? Housing in California are expensive in some to the key cities like San Francisco to the least expensive city like Sacramento. Median housing value in California is $568,500 compared to $240,500 in US median value. $1,614 Median gross rent in California is high compared to $1,097 Median gross rent in United States. The average cost of the house value in San Francisco is between 1 million to 1.5 million.

Apartment Rent (1 bedroom) in City Centre ($)Apartment Rent (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre ($)Apartment Rent (3 bedrooms) in City Centre ($)Apartment Rent (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre ($)Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre ($)

According to 2019 US census estimates, the median values of housing units, monthly costs with mortgage and rental per month for the top 20 cities of California state. Rental accommodation is expensive in the range of $1100 - $2500 for a one/two bedroom apartment in major cities.

California CitiesMedian Housing Cost in dollarsMedian Monthly costs with mortgage in dollarsMedian Rental per month in dollars
Los Angeles697,2002,8201,554
San Diego658,4002,6961,806
San Jose999,9003,3502,223
San Francisco1,217,5003,8091,959
Santa Clarita584,4002,6832,044


Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff LocalInternet (Cable/ADSL)

Food and Groceries

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant($)Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course ($)McDonalds Standard Meal ($)Cappuccino (regular) ($)Milk (regular), (1 liter) ($)Loaf White Bread ($)Rice (1kg) ($)Chicken Fillets (1kg) ($)Beef Round (1kg) ($)

Health, Fitness and Education

California cost of living for medical care is about 15 to 20% of your income over your lifetime in the US. Most employer do and employee pay minimal out of pocket will cover most of the cost of Health Insurance, it would be approx. $1300 to $2000 per month for a family of 4. For Schooling of Elementary to High School, Public schooling is available at no cost to every kid, schools are assigned to every zip code.

Short visit to Doctor ($)Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 AdultPreschool (or Kindergarten), Monthly for 1 Child ($)International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child ($)Cinema ticket for 1 Seat ($)

Family/Individual Earnings

According to 2019 US Census estimates, the table below is the full earnings statistics of California State:

$1 to $9,999 or loss211,9921.6103,455108537
$10,000 to $14,999334,6182.5169,648164,970
$15,000 to $24,9991,380,30510.1731,535648770
$25,000 to $34,9991,889,30913.91,045,101844208
$35,000 to $49,9992,385,78317.51,356,9601028823
$50,000 to $64,9991,889,84113.91,088,831801010
$65,000 to $74,999872,7896.4504,654368,135
$75,000 to $99,9991,585,37111.6916,698668673
$100,000 or more3,072,25722.62,070,4041001853
Median earnings (dollars)52,566-57,01650,220
Mean earnings (dollars)77,330-84,91066,586
Source: US Census 2019 Estimates: EARNINGS IN 2019 (INFLATION-ADJUSTED DOLLARS)



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