Allendale 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.
IndexAllendaleMichiganNational
Cost of living index9589100
IndexAllendaleMichiganNational
Goods & Services index10195100
Groceries index9492100
Health care index9596100
Housing index9073100
Transportation index9797100
Utilities index96100100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Allendale, MI. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Allendale, MI being 95, that puts it 7% higher than the average of Michigan and 5% 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 Allendale, MI, the price of goods and services are 6% higher than the average of Michigan as well as 1% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Allendale is 7% higher than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Allendale is 5% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Allendale is 10% lower than the national average.
  • Michigan general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Michigan state income tax is 91% 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$72,537$6,045$1,692$2,176
Renters$20,677$1,723$482$620
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Allendale, MI, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Allendale, MI homeowners have a median income of $72,537. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,692 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $20,677, which means there is a maximum of $482 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Michigan Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Michigan6%6%

Michigan Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Michigan4.25%4.25%
The Michigan sales tax and Michigan income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Allendale, MI. 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 Michigan sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 6%. 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 Michigan income tax rates range from 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemAllendaleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.00$14.599.6%
Beauty Salon $35.00$34.680.9%
Toothpaste $1.72$2.4730.5%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $10.15$9.872.9%
Bowling $4.27$4.392.8%

Groceries

ItemAllendaleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4618.7%
Milk $2.45$2.364.0%
Potatoes $2.82$3.067.9%
Pizza $8.96$9.243.1%
Beer $9.04$8.634.7%

Health Care

ItemAllendaleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.50$99.7815.3%
Doctor $94.00$105.0310.5%
Dentist $79.67$88.7010.2%
Ibuprofen $8.48$9.419.9%
Lipitor $342.99$298.5014.9%

Housing

ItemAllendaleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $157,400.00$175,700.0010.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $849.65$1,081.0321.4%
Apartment Rent $832.00$920.009.6%

Transportation

ItemAllendaleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.95$2.096.8%
Tire Balancing $48.00$45.296.0%

Utilities

ItemAllendaleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.83$170.806.4%
Phone $27.99$28.260.9%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Muskegon Heights, MI10,80780-20%
Sparta, MI4,19987-13%
Wyoming, MI73,43487-13%
Ravenna, MI1,19388-12%
Coopersville, MI4,30989-11%
Allendale, MI18,39395-5%

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Allendale, MI18,39395-5%
Source: The Allendale, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.