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#CADream: What Have You Always Wondered About The Cost Of Living In California?

Adriene Hill | California Dream Collaboration

The median home price in California is now more than $520,000. A one-bedroom apartment can cost you thousands of dollars a month in rent in some parts of the state. The average cost of childcare for your infant son or daughter is more than $11,000 a year. The statewide sales tax rate is 7.25 percent, and, in many places, runs higher. There’s the cost of transportation, of health care, of food, of fun.

Whether you’re looking for advice on where a family of four can afford to live in California on an annual salary of $60,000, or curious about why gas prices seem higher here, or grocery prices seem lower, we want to know your questions about the costs of living in California. We’ll work to answer them as part of our ongoing California Dream collaboration.

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