Auburn 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 index8488100
Goods & Services index9695100
Groceries index9292100
Health care index9295100
Housing index6273100
Transportation index8893100
Utilities index9393100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Auburn, IN. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Auburn, IN being 84, that puts it 4% lower than the average of Indiana and 16% 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 Auburn, IN, the price of goods and services are 1% higher than the average of Indiana as well as 5% lower than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Auburn is 4% lower than the Indiana average.
  • The cost of living in Auburn is 16% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Auburn is 38% lower than the national average.
  • Indiana general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Indiana state income tax is 48% 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)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Auburn, IN as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Auburn, IN homeowners, is $54,135. This would allow for a maximum of $1,263 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $23,479 which would result in a maximum of $548 to be spent on rental costs.

Indiana Sales Tax

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Indiana Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Auburn, IN is the Indiana sales tax and Indiana 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 Indiana sales tax rate is 7% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7%. 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 Indiana income tax rates range from 3.3% to 3.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.00$14.5917.8%
Beauty Salon $22.00$34.6836.6%
Toothpaste $1.78$2.4728.0%
Shampoo $0.84$1.0217.8%
Movie $9.25$9.876.3%
Bowling $3.33$4.3924.2%


ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.32$4.483.5%
Fried Chicken $1.29$1.4611.9%
Milk $1.49$2.3636.8%
Potatoes $3.22$3.065.2%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $8.54$8.631.1%

Health Care

ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $91.33$99.788.5%
Doctor $86.33$105.0317.8%
Dentist $83.50$88.705.9%
Ibuprofen $8.08$9.4114.2%
Lipitor $301.80$298.501.1%


ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Home Price $103,600.00$175,700.0041.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $827.91$1,081.0323.4%
Apartment Rent $639.00$920.0030.5%


ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.90$2.099.0%
Tire Balancing $36.67$45.2919.0%


ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$137.03$170.8019.8%
Phone $30.99$28.269.7%
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.
Corunna, IN24378-22%
Ashley, IN1,25579-21%
Altona, IN25579-21%
Butler, IN2,90880-20%
St. Joe, IN43880-20%
Auburn, IN12,97284-16%

Cities with similar population

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Monticello, MN12,9741000%
Commerce, CA12,97512323%
Montgomeryville, PA12,97713232%
Lockhart, TX12,96690-10%
Huron, SD12,98282-18%
Auburn, IN12,97284-16%
Source: The Auburn, IN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.