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Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Santa Maria, California is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Santa Maria, California is more expensive.

Overall, Santa Maria, California cost of living is 127.10.

  COST OF LIVINGSanta Maria, CaliforniaUnited States
  Overall  127100
  Grocery  101.9100
  Health  105100
  Housing  183100
  Utilities  95100
  Transportation  106100
  Miscellaneous  97100

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Unpredictable weather with no extremes.
The weather is very mild without a huge temperature change with the seasons. The winters are chilly but not cold and the summers are warm but not hot. Of course there... (read more)
The weather
I have traveled all over the world. I have not seen anywhere else that has the type of climate that the central coast has. It is really great. I feel that it is the best... (read more)
The only thing great about Santa Maria is...
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Nice place on California's secret coast
Santa Maria, California, together with its immediately adjacent county-run suburb of Orcutt, gives approximately 140.000 Californians a nice place to live and work.... (read more)
Clean city, but not much going on.
A lot of agriculture. Very old city with little shopping, and not much too do...actually very boring. There is no night/family life would have to drive at least 20... (read more)
Close to Paradise
Santa Maria is an awesome place to live. It has a small town feel with a lot of the advantages of a big town since it is the shopping center for much of the Cental... (read more)
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