Enhance Your Style of Living in Ontario, California

Cost of Living in Ontario, California

Living the Southern California lifestyle can be a pricey proposition, but it doesn’t have to be if you make Ontario home base for your California adventure. In Ontario, rent is still affordable, and homeownership is still within reach — without sacrificing the amenities or attractions of our coastal counterparts.

With a population of 167,000, Ontario is a growing community where residents enjoy world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, as well as award-winning wineries, all while soaking up California’s signature sunshine.

The median house price in Ontario, California, is nearly 14 percent lower than in Los Angeles, while the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in our city is nearly 51 percent lower than in Los Angeles. Even our sales tax is less than Los Angeles and many other Southern California communities.

With all the money residents save by living here, they can still afford to, well, live. Go out. Have fun. Enjoy life.

Things to do in Ontario

Catch an Ontario Reign hockey game, an Ontario Fury soccer match or a Los Angeles Lakers game at the 11,000-seat Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Or score tickets to concerts by famous bands and performing artists that frequently perform there.

With 1.7 million square feet of retail space, Ontario Mills is California’s largest indoor outlet mall. Ontario Mills boasts more than 200 designer factory outlet stores, dozens of restaurants, a 30-screen AMC Theater and the Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre.

Residents can also stroll along Euclid Avenue, the city’s historic, wide-set thoroughfare, or visit a tasting room at one of the Cucamonga Valley’s distinguished family-owned and operated wineries.

So why wouldn’t you relocate to Ontario, California? If you’re still looking for additional reasons, consider our comparison chart below that really highlights cost of living differences and the value you receive when you choose Ontario.

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Comparisons: City of Ontario vs. major U.S. Cities

Location Cost of Living Index* 3-bedroom house price 2-bedroom apartment rent
Dallas, TX 93 $145,000 $1,000
Phoenix, AZ 104 $137,000 $800
Denver, CO 105 $219,000 $1,100
Atlanta, GA 112 $123,000 $1,000
Ontario, CA 123 $292,850 $1,318
Miami, FL 137 $211,000 $1,400
San Diego, CA 147 $359,000 $1,630
Los Angeles, CA 156 $333,000 $1,986
New York, NY 165 $437,000 $3,400
Washington, DC 166 $308,000 $2,800
San Francisco, CA 187 $493,000 $2,900
* 100 is National Average
Location Median Household Income Sales Tax Rate Property Tax Rate
Miami, FL $36,400 7.00% 2.09%
Atlanta, GA $48,865 8.00% 1.00%
Los Angeles, CA $50,983 9.75% 1.00%
Dallas, TX $51,194 7.60% 2.70%
New York, NY $53,299 8.87% 1.09%
Washington, DC $54,902 6.00% 0.85%
Ontario, CA $56,727 8.75% 1.00%
Denver, CO $60,896 8.25% 0.65%
Phoenix, AZ $61,481 8.30% 1.03%
San Diego, CA $70,507 8.75% 1.00%
San Francisco, CA $82,530 9.50% 1.00%

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