Oakland, CA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
Oakland's Overall Cost Of Living
Higher Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Oakland is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Oakland, CA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Oakland has an overall cost of living index of 158 which is 1.6x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only California, Oakland has a cost of living index that's 1.1x higher than California's index of 140.

The standard of living in Oakland ranks as #5977 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies Oakland ranks as the #429 most expensive place in the Golden State.

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Oakland Cost Of Living Vs. California

Living Expense Oakland California National Average
Overall 158 140 100
Services 130 111 100
Groceries 126 118 100
Health 127 113 100
Housing 227 196 100
Transportation 137 128 100
Utilities 121 118 100
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Oakland, 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.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic Oakland California United States
Median Home Value $627,800 $475,900 $204,900
Median Rent $1,354 $1,429 $1,023
Median Income $68,442 $71,228 $60,293
Home Value To Income 9.2x 6.7x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.24x 0.24x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Oakland

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Oakland
Berkeley, CA 120,926 194 1.2x
San Mateo, CA 104,035 208 1.3x
San Leandro, CA 90,103 151 1.0x
Alameda, CA 78,462 181 1.1x
San Ramon, CA 75,384 201 1.3x
San Bruno, CA 43,114 187 1.2x
San Carlos, CA 30,080 237 1.5x
Belmont, CA 27,110 232 1.5x
San Lorenzo, CA 25,388 152 1.0x
Ashland, CA 23,635 140 0.9x

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