Benton Harbor 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.
IndexBenton HarborMichiganNational
Cost of living index7989100
IndexBenton HarborMichiganNational
Goods & Services index9595100
Groceries index10192100
Health care index9496100
Housing index3973100
Transportation index9597100
Utilities index99100100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Benton Harbor, MI is shown above. Compared to the state average of Michigan the cost of living index in Benton Harbor, MI is 79, which is 11% lower than the average in Michigan and compared to the national average it is 21% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Benton Harbor, MI goods and services come in at equal to the average in Michigan and are 5% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Benton Harbor is 11% lower than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Benton Harbor is 21% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Benton Harbor is 61% 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

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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Benton Harbor, MI 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 Benton Harbor, MI homeowners, is $27,534. This would allow for a maximum of $642 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $16,983 which would result in a maximum of $396 to be spent on rental costs.

Michigan Sales Tax

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Michigan Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Benton Harbor, MI, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Michigan, as well as the rate for income tax in Michigan. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Michigan is 6%, and the sales tax in the state of Michigan is 6%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Michigan starts from 4.25% and goes up to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemBenton HarborNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.13$14.593.2%
Beauty Salon $29.50$34.6814.9%
Toothpaste $2.77$2.4712.0%
Shampoo $1.02$1.020.2%
Movie $7.00$9.8729.1%
Bowling $3.25$4.3926.0%


ItemBenton HarborNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.11$4.488.2%
Fried Chicken $1.61$1.4610.0%
Milk $2.44$2.363.5%
Potatoes $3.19$3.064.2%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.69$8.630.7%

Health Care

ItemBenton HarborNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $79.13$99.7820.7%
Doctor $93.60$105.0310.9%
Dentist $84.67$88.704.5%
Ibuprofen $9.12$9.413.1%
Lipitor $299.59$298.500.4%


ItemBenton HarborNational avg.Difference
Home Price $47,400.00$175,700.0073.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $862.62$1,081.0320.2%
Apartment Rent $629.00$920.0031.6%


ItemBenton HarborNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.96$2.096.4%
Tire Balancing $44.89$45.290.9%


ItemBenton HarborNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$147.13$170.8013.9%
Phone $32.99$28.2616.8%
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.
Benton Heights, MI4,46780-20%
Hartford, MI2,66082-18%
Baroda, MI82484-16%
Watervliet, MI1,94984-16%
Fair Plain, MI8,04385-15%
Benton Harbor, MI10,05679-21%

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Source: The Benton Harbor, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.