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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 127.30.

  COST OF LIVINGSanta Maria, CaliforniaUnited States
  Overall  127100
  Grocery  112.9100
  Health  111100
  Housing  163100
  Utilities  111100
  Transportation  112100
  Miscellaneous  109100


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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...
The... (read more)
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re: Close to Paradise - 9/4/2005
I have researched tons of different places to move to when I can take early retirement-I hate where I am in western NY and the place I think I really want to be is Santa... (read more)
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)
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