Benton Heights 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 HeightsMichiganNational
Cost of living index8089100
IndexBenton HeightsMichiganNational
Goods & Services index9595100
Groceries index10192100
Health care index9496100
Housing index4173100
Transportation index9597100
Utilities index99100100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Benton Heights, MI cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Michigan and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Benton Heights, MI is 80, which is 10% lower than the Michigan average and 20% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Benton Heights, MI are equal to the average for Michigan and 5% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Benton Heights is 10% lower than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Benton Heights is 20% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Benton Heights is 59% 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)
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Benton Heights, MI, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Benton Heights, MI has a median income of about $25,202 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $588 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $13,454. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $314 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Michigan Sales Tax

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Michigan Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Benton Heights, MI you will want to make sure you consider both the Michigan sales tax and the Michigan income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Michigan is 6%, with the highest surtax being 6%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Michigan have a range from 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemBenton HeightsNational 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 HeightsNational 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 HeightsNational 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 HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $55,500.00$175,700.0068.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $862.62$1,081.0320.2%
Apartment Rent $575.00$920.0037.5%


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


ItemBenton HeightsNational 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 Harbor, MI10,05679-21%
Hartford, MI2,66082-18%
Baroda, MI82484-16%
Watervliet, MI1,94984-16%
Fair Plain, MI8,04385-15%
Benton Heights, MI4,46780-20%

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Geneva, AL4,46578-22%
Benton Heights, MI4,46780-20%
Source: The Benton Heights, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.