According to the most recent data on the cost of living, California has an overall cost of living index of 121 which is 1.2x higher than the national index of 100.
Compared to only Maryland, California has a cost of living index that's 1.0x higher than Maryland's index of 120.
The standard of living in California ranks as #4,859 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in Maryland. By definition, that implies California ranks as the #1,560 most expensive place in the Old Line State.
|Living Expense||California||Maryland||National Average|
Housing swings affordability the most between places in Maryland, 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.
|City||Population||Cost Of Living||Vs. California||Alexandria, VA||158,309||150||1.2x||Bowie, MD||58,158||134||1.1x||Franconia, VA||19,478||142||1.2x||Kingstowne, VA||17,585||143||1.2x||Fort Hunt, VA||16,383||180||1.5x||Bensville, MD||13,658||135||1.1x||Newington, VA||13,452||140||1.2x||Annapolis Neck, MD||13,049||153||1.3x||Lexington Park, MD||12,934||111||0.9x||Mitchellville, MD||11,511||138||1.1x|