Los Altos, CA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
342
Los Altos's Overall Cost Of Living
3.4x
Higher Than The National Average
632 out of 634
In California
6,396 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 Los Altos is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Los Altos, CA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Los Altos has an overall cost of living index of 342 which is 3.4x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only California, Los Altos has a cost of living index that's 2.4x higher than California's index of 140.

The standard of living in Los Altos ranks as #6,403 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies Los Altos ranks as the #4 most expensive place in the Golden State.

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Los Altos Cost Of Living Vs. California

Living Expense Los Altos California National Average
Overall 342 140 100
Services 130 111 100
Groceries 126 118 100
Health 127 113 100
Housing 841 196 100
Transportation 137 128 100
Utilities 121 118 100
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Los Altos Cost of Living Vs. CA

Los Altos, 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.

$2,000,001
Median Home Value
$3,188
Median Rent
$235,278
Median Income
Statistic Los Altos California United States
Median Home Value $2,000,001 $505,000 $217,500
Median Rent $3,188 $1,503 $1,062
Median Income $235,278 $75,235 $62,843
Home Value To Income 8.5x 6.7x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.16x 0.24x 0.2x

Detailed Los Altos Services Costs Vs. California

Item Los Altos California
Shampoo $1.33 $1.01
Movie $12.11 $10.72
Bowling $19.83 $13.86

Detailed Los Altos Groceries Costs Vs. California

Item Los Altos California
Ground Beef $3.71 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.35 $1.4
Milk $2.39 $1.96

Detailed Los Altos Health Costs Vs. California

Item Los Altos California
Haircut $19.71 $17.49
Beauty Salon $67.86 $38.17
Toothpaste $2.93 $2.32

Detailed Los Altos Transportation Costs Vs. California

Item Los Altos California
Potatoes $2.66 $3.18
Pizza $13.7 $10.39
Beer $10.49 $9.23
Optometrist $136.71 $106.34
Doctor $150.71 $115.25
Dentist $139.14 $98.38

Detailed Los Altos Utilities Costs Vs. California

Item Los Altos California
Gasoline $3.79 $2.59
Tire Balancing $61.0 $48.9
All Electricity $228.47 $167.6
Phone $184.65 $163.42

Los Altos SnackAbility

10
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
9/10
Housing
10
Affordability
6
Diversity
9
Safety
8.5
Amenities
9.5
Education
10
Commute
8

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Los Altos

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Los Altos
Sunnyvale, CA 152,770 206 0.6x
Santa Clara, CA 127,721 192 0.6x
San Mateo, CA 104,333 208 0.6x
Mountain View, CA 81,656 219 0.6x
Palo Alto, CA 66,573 305 0.9x
Cupertino, CA 60,257 253 0.7x
Menlo Park, CA 34,138 288 0.8x
San Carlos, CA 30,154 237 0.7x
East Palo Alto, CA 29,593 163 0.5x
Belmont, CA 27,097 232 0.7x

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