Monterey, CA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2022-04-07
180
Monterey's Overall Cost Of Living
1.8x
Higher Than The National Average
530 out of 635
In California
6,208 out of 6,412
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Monterey is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Monterey, CA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Monterey has an overall cost of living index of 180 which is 1.8x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only California, Monterey has a cost of living index that's 1.3x higher than California's index of 140.

The standard of living in Monterey ranks as #6,214 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies Monterey ranks as the #205 most expensive place in the Golden State.

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Monterey Cost Of Living Vs. California

Living Expense Monterey California National Average
Overall 180 140 100
Services 120 112 100
Groceries 132 113 100
Health 122 115 100
Housing 299 198 100
Transportation 143 134 100
Utilities 137 126 100
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Monterey Cost of Living Vs. CA

Monterey, 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.

$813,600
Median Home Value
$1,855
Median Rent
$80,908
Median Income
Statistic Monterey California United States
Median Home Value $813,600 $538,500 $229,800
Median Rent $1,855 $1,586 $1,096
Median Income $80,908 $78,672 $64,994
Home Value To Income 10.1x 6.8x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.28x 0.24x 0.2x

Detailed Monterey Services Costs Vs. California

Item Monterey California
Shampoo $1.39 $1.06
Movie $13.23 $10.68
Bowling $19.56 $14.67

Detailed Monterey Groceries Costs Vs. California

Item Monterey California
Ground Beef $3.73 $4.22
Fried Chicken $1.89 $1.39
Milk $2.87 $2.05

Detailed Monterey Health Costs Vs. California

Item Monterey California
Haircut $19.39 $18.62
Beauty Salon $67.86 $39.05
Toothpaste $3.07 $2.34

Detailed Monterey Transportation Costs Vs. California

Item Monterey California
Potatoes $3.35 $3.29
Pizza $12.66 $10.62
Beer $10.57 $9.38
Optometrist $136.92 $108.57
Doctor $146.83 $116.17
Dentist $133.38 $99.13

Detailed Monterey Utilities Costs Vs. California

Item Monterey California
Gasoline $3.38 $2.22
Tire Balancing $62.03 $50.07
All Electricity $269.4 $167.67
Phone $187.26 $175.64

Monterey SnackAbility

8.5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
8.5/10
Housing
10
Affordability
3
Diversity
8.5
Safety
5
Amenities
9
Education
8.5
Commute
9

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Monterey

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Monterey
Salinas, CA 156,177 119 0.7x
Seaside, CA 34,063 126 0.7x
Marina, CA 21,966 129 0.7x
Prunedale, CA 20,560 131 0.7x
Pacific Grove, CA 15,471 184 1.0x
Castroville, CA 6,332 110 0.6x

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