Walnut Creek, CA Cost of Living


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Walnut Creek cost of living score
174.9
More expensive
74.9% higher
than the US average
16.7% higher
than the California average
Walnut Creek, California gets a BestPlaces Cost of Living score of 174.9, which means the total cost of housing, food, childcare, transportation, healthcare, taxes, and other necessities is 74.9% higher than the U.S. average and 16.7% lower than the average for California.

Walnut Creek, CA

Housing costs in Walnut Creek?
A typical home costs $1,025,000, which is 203.2% more expensive than the national average of $338,100 and 39.7% more expensive than the average California home, at $733,500. Renting a two-bedroom unit in Walnut Creek costs $2,940 per month, which is 105.6% more than the national average of $1,430 and 26.9% more than the state average of $2,150.

Can I afford Walnut Creek?
To live comfortably in Walnut Creek, California, a minimum annual income of $196,560 for a family, and $96,000 for a single person is recommended.

What does A.I. say about Walnut Creek?
Walnut Creek, California has a cost of living index rating greatly higher than that if the nation at 119 due mostly to its exceptionally high housing costs making up 48%, transportation at 12%, groceries (13%), utilities (9%) and healthcare making up 12%. Although utility costs remain relatively high due largely to expensive power sources such as coal or nuclear energy most other categories are either on par or even above average providing citizens with an overall considerably high cost of living compared with almost everywhere else in America whilst having access similar amenities found citywide from whatever municipality they call home.
   Cost of living score
     CategoriesWalnut CreekCaliforniaUnited States
  174.9149.9100.0
  112105.1100
  121.198.3100.0
  379.9234.8100.0
  $1,025,000$733,500$338,100
  102.6%102.4%100.0%
  127.5133.1100.0
  158.1118.7100.0

   100=National Average

   Average Rent by Bedroom Size
Reviews for Walnut Creek
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Apart from the congestion, Walnut Creek is one of the best places in the San Francisco Bay Area to live. It is one of the most compact/walkable cities in the entire area  More

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Over 6 years ago

Almost all of Walnut Creek water comes from Pardee dam through an enclosed pipeline. That water is direct from the high Sierras. Among the best water quality in the  More

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Over 6 years ago

I grew up in Southern California and am no stranger to a more inland California climate. Before moving to WC I lived in San Francisco for 15 years where it is obviously  More

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