Cost of living in Carlsbad research summary. The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in the United States. A cost of living index above 100 means Carlsbad is expensive. An index value below 100 means the city is a relatively cheap place to live.
On a city-by-city basis in California, home prices and rent have the biggest impact on the cost of living. Here are the key takeaways based on Saturday Night Science:
The cost of living index in Carlsbad is 175, with 100 being the average.
The cost of living index in Carlsbad is 1.8x higher than the national average.
Carlsbad ranks as the #522 cheapest in California out of 635.
Carlsbad ranks as the #6,177 cheapest out of 6,412 in the US.
The median home value in Carlsbad is $901,700.
The median income in Carlsbad is $119,302.
According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Carlsbad has an overall cost of living index of 175, which is 1.8x higher than the national index of 100.
Compared to California, Carlsbad has a cost of living index that's 1.3x higher than California's index of 139.
The standard of living in Carlsbad ranks as #522 most affordable out of the 635 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies Carlsbad ranks as the #113 most expensive place in the Golden State.
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Six factors go into calculating the cost of living index in Carlsbad. Here is how it fairs on each of the criteria:
The Services index in Carlsbad is 112.
The Groceries index in Carlsbad is 112.
The Health index in Carlsbad is 110.
The Housing index in Carlsbad is 314.
The Transportation index in Carlsbad is 137.
The Utilities index in Carlsbad is 128.
|Living Expense||Carlsbad||California||National Average|
Housing swings affordability the most between places in California, so we broke down housing costs into more detail. Home and income data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2017-2021. The key points are:
The Median Home Value in Carlsbad is $901,700.
The Median Rent in Carlsbad is $2,243.
The Median Income in Carlsbad is $119,302.
The Home Value To Income in Carlsbad is 7.6x.
The Rent To Monthly Income in Carlsbad is 0.23x.
|Median Home Value||$901,700||$573,200||$244,900|
|Home Value To Income||7.6x||6.8x||3.5x|
|Rent To Monthly Income||0.23x||0.24x||0.2x|
The cost of living varies in the cities and towns around Carlsbad. Here's a quick look at the cost of living in the most populous nearby places:
Oceanside, CA has a cost of living index of 140, 0.8x Carlsbad.
Escondido, CA has a cost of living index of 136, 0.8x Carlsbad.
Vista, CA has a cost of living index of 139, 0.8x Carlsbad.
|City||Population||Cost Of Living||Vs. Carlsbad|
|San Marcos, CA||94,313||143||0.8x|
|Camp Pendleton South, CA||15,131||150||0.9x|
|Solana Beach, CA||13,025||217||1.2x|
|Valley Center, CA||11,435||147||0.8x|