Abilene cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexAbileneKansasNational
Cost of living index8390100
IndexAbileneKansasNational
Goods & Services index9399100
Groceries index9093100
Health care index9796100
Housing index6476100
Transportation index8689100
Utilities index8798100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Abilene, KS. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Abilene, KS being 83, that puts it 8% lower than the average of Kansas and 17% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Abilene, KS, the price of goods and services are 6% lower than the average of Kansas as well as 7% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Abilene is 8% lower than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Abilene is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Abilene is 36% lower than the national average.
  • Kansas general sales tax is 21% higher than the national average.
  • Kansas state income tax is 21% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$61,042$5,087$1,424$1,831
Renters$24,081$2,007$562$723
The affordability of the housing market in Abilene, KS as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Abilene, KS homeowners, the median income is $61,042. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,424 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $24,081. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $562 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Kansas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Kansas6.15%9.65%

Kansas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Kansas2.7%4.6%
The Kansas sales tax and Kansas income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Abilene, KS. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Kansas sales tax is 6.15% and the maximum surtax is 9.65%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Kansas income tax rates range from 2.7% to 4.6%.

Goods & Services

ItemAbileneNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.14$14.5910.0%
Beauty Salon $30.25$34.6812.8%
Toothpaste $2.49$2.470.7%
Shampoo $1.17$1.0214.5%
Movie $10.25$9.873.9%
Bowling $3.38$4.3923.0%

Groceries

ItemAbileneNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.09$4.488.6%
Fried Chicken $1.37$1.466.4%
Milk $2.08$2.3611.7%
Potatoes $2.79$3.068.9%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $7.98$8.637.6%

Health Care

ItemAbileneNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $134.50$99.7834.8%
Doctor $92.50$105.0311.9%
Dentist $81.17$88.708.5%
Ibuprofen $8.49$9.419.8%
Lipitor $317.59$298.506.4%

Housing

ItemAbileneNational avg.Difference
Home Price $114,000.00$175,700.0035.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $984.85$1,081.038.9%
Apartment Rent $555.00$920.0039.7%

Transportation

ItemAbileneNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.78$2.0914.9%
Tire Balancing $39.60$45.2912.6%

Utilities

ItemAbileneNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$169.83$170.800.6%
Phone $19.95$28.2629.4%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Kipp, KS15991-9%
Manchester, KS12270-30%
Woodbine, KS20876-24%
Talmage, KS11979-21%
Solomon, KS1,17779-21%
Abilene, KS6,72983-17%

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Abilene, KS6,72983-17%
Source: The Abilene, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.