Appleton 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.
Cost of living index9398100
Goods & Services index97100100
Groceries index91100100
Health care index107112100
Housing index7791100
Transportation index10399100
Utilities index111102100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Appleton, WI cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Appleton, WI is 93, which is 6% lower than the Wisconsin average and 7% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Appleton, WI are 3% lower than the Wisconsin average and 3% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Appleton is 6% lower than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in Appleton is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Appleton is 23% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 98% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Appleton, WI, 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 Appleton, WI homeowners have a median income of $67,810. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,582 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $32,144, which means there is a maximum of $750 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Wisconsin Sales Tax

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Wisconsin Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Appleton, WI is the Wisconsin sales tax and Wisconsin income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Wisconsin sales tax rate is 5% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 5.6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Wisconsin income tax rates range from 4.4% to 7.65%.

Goods & Services

ItemAppletonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $10.00$14.5931.5%
Beauty Salon $25.38$34.6826.8%
Toothpaste $1.86$2.4724.8%
Shampoo $0.81$1.0220.7%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $2.60$4.3940.8%


ItemAppletonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.26$4.484.8%
Fried Chicken $1.57$1.467.2%
Milk $2.32$2.361.6%
Potatoes $1.83$3.0640.2%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $7.41$8.6314.2%

Health Care

ItemAppletonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $61.25$99.7838.6%
Doctor $138.88$105.0332.2%
Dentist $85.52$88.703.6%
Ibuprofen $9.22$9.412.0%
Lipitor $320.38$298.507.3%


ItemAppletonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $137,900.00$175,700.0021.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $907.91$1,081.0316.0%
Apartment Rent $667.00$920.0027.5%


ItemAppletonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.01$2.093.9%
Tire Balancing $56.00$45.2923.7%


ItemAppletonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$169.27$170.800.9%
Phone $35.98$28.2627.3%
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.
Hilbert, WI1,04887-13%
Shiocton, WI91688-12%
Forest Junction, WI63590-10%
Menasha, WI17,53593-7%
Black Creek, WI1,30591-9%
Appleton, WI72,86193-7%

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Appleton, WI72,86193-7%
Source: The Appleton, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.