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Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, and Glendale all moved up HomeSnacks list of the top ten most expensive places to live in California for 2021; and surprisingly, none of these places hold the number one spot. So, the million dollar question, what California place earned this title? HomeSnacks knows and we've listed it below.
But, before you click that down arrow, you should probably know how we calculated this list. Yes, in order to determine the top ten most expensive places in California, we looked at the American Community Survey for data on cost of living in The Golden State: specifically, home to income ratio and rent to income ratio. And, folks, if you want to live in California's most expensive places, you're going to have to make at least $56,071/year. And if you want to live in the number one most expensive place, you might want to think about renting before you buy because its median home price is off the charts.
But, it's worth it. Many of the most expensive places on this list are some of Califonia's best places and that's because these places have the funds to keep its residents happy, safe, and living their best life.
To see a list of the California places where the boulevards are paved in gold and you have to make Mark Zuckerberg's salary to survive, keep reading.
What's the most expensive place to live in California? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Coronado is the most expensive place to live in California.
So hopefully Ridgecrest (the cheapest place to live in California) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.
And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about California and the most expensive cities in the country:
The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In California For 2021
The median income in Coronado comes in at $108,967 and the median home value is $1,617,000 for 2021.
The median income in East Palo Alto comes in at $67,087 and the median home value is $821,200 for 2021.
The median income in Sausalito comes in at $111,906 and the median home value is $1,346,000 for 2021.
The median income in Santa Barbara comes in at $76,606 and the median home value is $1,051,500 for 2021.
The median income in Santa Cruz comes in at $77,921 and the median home value is $854,200 for 2021.
The median income in Beverly Hills comes in at $106,936 and the median home value is $2,000,001 for 2021.
The median income in Glendale comes in at $66,130 and the median home value is $769,900 for 2021.
The median income in San Luis Obispo comes in at $56,071 and the median home value is $643,200 for 2021.
The median income in Capitola comes in at $71,059 and the median home value is $721,900 for 2021.
The median income in Rolling Hills Estates comes in at $150,135 and the median home value is $1,326,600 for 2021.
How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Golden State For 2021
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:
- How much do money do I make?
- How much do I have spend to live there?
You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.
For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it's actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.
With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2015-2019 around incomes and costs. They are:
- Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
- Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
- Median Home Price
We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).
You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in California to figure out which is the most expensive.
What you are left with is a "Cost of Living Index" by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 427 places in California that have more than 5,000 people.
The place with the highest cost of living in California according to the data is Coronado. You can download the data here.
Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In California For 2021
Well there you have it, the places in California that have the highest cost of living, with Coronado ranking as the most expensive city in the Golden State.
Here's a look at the most affordable cities in California according to the data:
For more California reading, check out:
- Best Places To Live In California
- Cheapest Places To Live In California
- Most Dangerous Cities In California
- Best Places To Raise A Family In California
- Safest Places In California
- Worst Places To Live In California
Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In California
|2||East Palo Alto||39.0|
|8||San Luis Obispo||55.67|
|10||Rolling Hills Estates||68.67|
|57||South El Monte||116.83|
|67||San Juan Capistrano||121.33|
|91||Rancho Palos Verdes||135.0|
|94||South San Francisco||137.67|