Carlsbad, CA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
174
Carlsbad's Overall Cost Of Living
1.7x
Higher Than The National Average
518 out of 634
In California
6,156 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Carlsbad is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Carlsbad, CA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Carlsbad has an overall cost of living index of 174 which is 1.7x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only California, Carlsbad has a cost of living index that's 1.2x higher than California's index of 140.

The standard of living in Carlsbad ranks as #6,162 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies Carlsbad ranks as the #245 most expensive place in the Golden State.

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Carlsbad Cost Of Living Vs. California

Living Expense Carlsbad California National Average
Overall 174 140 100
Services 108 111 100
Groceries 116 118 100
Health 110 113 100
Housing 313 196 100
Transportation 130 128 100
Utilities 119 118 100
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Carlsbad Cost of Living Vs. CA

Carlsbad, CA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in California, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$814,700
Median Home Value
$2,025
Median Rent
$110,478
Median Income
Statistic Carlsbad California United States
Median Home Value $814,700 $505,000 $217,500
Median Rent $2,025 $1,503 $1,062
Median Income $110,478 $75,235 $62,843
Home Value To Income 7.4x 6.7x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.22x 0.24x 0.2x

Detailed Carlsbad Services Costs Vs. California

Item Carlsbad California
Shampoo $1.39 $1.01
Movie $14.12 $10.72
Bowling $20.67 $13.86

Detailed Carlsbad Groceries Costs Vs. California

Item Carlsbad California
Ground Beef $3.32 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.79 $1.4
Milk $2.19 $1.96

Detailed Carlsbad Health Costs Vs. California

Item Carlsbad California
Haircut $20.8 $17.49
Beauty Salon $61.25 $38.17
Toothpaste $2.49 $2.32

Detailed Carlsbad Transportation Costs Vs. California

Item Carlsbad California
Potatoes $2.99 $3.18
Pizza $10.99 $10.39
Beer $9.66 $9.23
Optometrist $114.5 $106.34
Doctor $131.25 $115.25
Dentist $104.0 $98.38

Detailed Carlsbad Utilities Costs Vs. California

Item Carlsbad California
Gasoline $3.79 $2.59
Tire Balancing $52.0 $48.9
All Electricity $230.87 $167.6
Phone $173.4 $163.42

Carlsbad SnackAbility

9
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
8.5/10
Housing
10
Affordability
4
Diversity
8.5
Safety
6
Amenities
9
Education
9.5
Commute
5

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Carlsbad

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Carlsbad
Oceanside, CA 175,622 137 0.8x
Escondido, CA 151,300 134 0.8x
Vista, CA 100,686 137 0.8x
San Marcos, CA 95,355 141 0.8x
Encinitas, CA 62,780 190 1.1x
Poway, CA 49,701 160 0.9x
Fallbrook, CA 31,701 139 0.8x
Solana Beach, CA 13,356 217 1.2x
Camp Pendleton South, CA 11,936 147 0.8x
Valley Center, CA 11,077 146 0.8x

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