Arcata, CA Cost of Living

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Arcata cost of living score
More expensive
8.0% higher
than the US average
28.0% lower
than the California average
Arcata, California gets a BestPlaces Cost of Living score of 108, which means the total cost of housing, food, childcare, transportation, healthcare, taxes, and other necessities is 8.0% higher than the U.S. average and 28.0% higher than the average for California.

Arcata, CA

Housing costs in Arcata?
A typical home costs $444,300, which is 31.4% more expensive than the national average of $338,100 and 39.4% less expensive than the average California home, at $733,500. Renting a two-bedroom unit in Arcata costs $1,460 per month, which is 2.1% more than the national average of $1,430 and 47.3% cheaper than the state average of $2,150.

Can I afford Arcata?
To live comfortably in Arcata, California, a minimum annual income of $84,960 for a family, and $44,800 for a single person is recommended.

What does A.I. say about Arcata?
The cost of living in Arcata, CA is relatively affordable. The median home value in Arcata is $383,700 and the median rent is around $923 per month. Groceries, utilities, and transportation costs are all lower than the national average. However, housing can be expensive for some people because wages tend to be below the national average. Despite this trend, Arcata remains a great place to live with its abundance of natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere.
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Pros: Nature hikes Cons: One of highest crime rates in the nation. Opioid epidemic going on (you’ll regularly witness drug deals and ppl doing drugs) No  More

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It takes a special set of preferences to select Arcata. Is this you? - You love clouds and fog. You are happy if you see the sun maybe 10-20 times a year. - Chilly  More

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Over 10 years ago

I've lived in Humboldt for over 30 yrs and know all the areas well. Arcata is the jewel of Humboldt due to having a university and many liberal creative people. There is  More

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