Palm Desert, CA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2022-04-07
130
Palm Desert's Overall Cost Of Living
1.3x
Higher Than The National Average
272 out of 635
In California
5,259 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 Palm Desert is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Palm Desert, CA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Palm Desert has an overall cost of living index of 130 which is 1.3x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only California, Palm Desert has a cost of living index that's 0.9x lower than California's index of 140.

The standard of living in Palm Desert ranks as #5,261 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies Palm Desert ranks as the #1,158 most expensive place in the Golden State.

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Palm Desert Cost Of Living Vs. California

Living Expense Palm Desert California National Average
Overall 130 140 100
Services 113 112 100
Groceries 112 113 100
Health 107 115 100
Housing 157 198 100
Transportation 135 134 100
Utilities 127 126 100
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Palm Desert Cost of Living Vs. CA

Palm Desert, 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.

$361,200
Median Home Value
$1,353
Median Rent
$64,295
Median Income
Statistic Palm Desert California United States
Median Home Value $361,200 $538,500 $229,800
Median Rent $1,353 $1,586 $1,096
Median Income $64,295 $78,672 $64,994
Home Value To Income 5.6x 6.8x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.25x 0.24x 0.2x

Detailed Palm Desert Services Costs Vs. California

Item Palm Desert California
Shampoo $1.2 $1.06
Movie $14.42 $10.68
Bowling $22.0 $14.67

Detailed Palm Desert Groceries Costs Vs. California

Item Palm Desert California
Ground Beef $4.58 $4.22
Fried Chicken $1.72 $1.39
Milk $2.19 $2.05

Detailed Palm Desert Health Costs Vs. California

Item Palm Desert California
Haircut $22.68 $18.62
Beauty Salon $64.57 $39.05
Toothpaste $2.48 $2.34

Detailed Palm Desert Transportation Costs Vs. California

Item Palm Desert California
Potatoes $2.99 $3.29
Pizza $11.43 $10.62
Beer $9.82 $9.38
Optometrist $117.65 $108.57
Doctor $125.0 $116.17
Dentist $107.18 $99.13

Detailed Palm Desert Utilities Costs Vs. California

Item Palm Desert California
Gasoline $3.24 $2.22
Tire Balancing $56.47 $50.07
All Electricity $247.56 $167.67
Phone $176.01 $175.64

Palm Desert SnackAbility

8
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
8/10
Housing
9
Affordability
4
Diversity
8.5
Safety
5
Amenities
9
Education
8.5
Commute
8.5

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Palm Desert

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Palm Desert
Indio, CA 89,996 119 0.9x
Palm Springs, CA 48,390 124 1.0x
Coachella, CA 45,658 109 0.8x
La Quinta, CA 41,650 134 1.0x
Rancho Mirage, CA 18,537 148 1.1x
Thousand Palms, CA 8,158 109 0.8x
Bermuda Dunes, CA 6,626 127 1.0x
Desert Palms, CA 6,599 141 1.1x
Indian Wells, CA 5,463 164 1.3x

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