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Why Ontario?

Cost of Living

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 over 185,000, 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 home price in Ontario, California, is significantly lower than in Los Angeles.  Even our sales tax is less than Los Angeles and many other Southern California communities. 

Things to do in Ontario

Catch an Ontario Reign hockey game, an Ontario Fury soccer match or an Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario game at the 11,000-seat Toyota Arena in Ontario. Or score tickets to concerts by famous bands and performing artists that frequently perform there. With 2 million square feet of retail space, Ontario Mills is California’s largest outlet and value retail shopping destination. 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. View more things to do in Southern California.

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

LocationCost of Living Index*Median Home PriceMedian Household IncomeSales Tax Rate
Dallas, TX101$287,000$52,5808.25%
Phoenix, AZ103$235,000$57,4598.60%
Atlanta, GA107$251,000$59,9488.90%
Miami, FL123$326,000$39,0497.00%
Denver, CO128$420,000$68,5928.81%
Ontario, CA128$416,000$65,0467.75%
Washington, DC152$528,000$86,4206.00%
San Diego, CA160$596,000$79,6737.75%
Los Angeles, CA173$708,000$62,1429.50%
New York, NY187$775,000$63,9988.875%
San Francisco, CA269$1,295,000$112,4498.50%
*100 is National Average
Information based on 2019 data