Benton 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.
IndexBentonKansasNational
Cost of living index9490100
IndexBentonKansasNational
Goods & Services index9899100
Groceries index9493100
Health care index9996100
Housing index8676100
Transportation index8789100
Utilities index11598100

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  • The cost of living in Benton is 5% higher than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Benton is 6% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Benton is 14% lower than the national average.
  • Kansas general sales tax is 21% higher than the national average.
  • Kansas state income tax is 21% 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$50,000$4,167$1,167$1,500
Renters$23,750$1,979$554$713

Kansas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Kansas6.15%9.65%

Kansas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Kansas2.7%4.6%

Goods & Services

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.60$14.590.0%
Beauty Salon $45.00$34.6829.8%
Toothpaste $2.04$2.4717.5%
Shampoo $1.47$1.0243.8%
Movie $9.10$9.877.8%
Bowling $4.29$4.392.3%

Groceries

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.52$4.481.0%
Fried Chicken $1.32$1.469.8%
Milk $2.14$2.369.2%
Potatoes $2.77$3.069.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.26$8.634.3%

Health Care

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $141.90$99.7842.2%
Doctor $106.20$105.031.1%
Dentist $78.40$88.7011.6%
Ibuprofen $8.51$9.419.6%
Lipitor $312.61$298.504.7%

Housing

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $150,400.00$175,700.0014.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $789.04$1,081.0327.0%
Apartment Rent $803.00$920.0012.7%

Transportation

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.76$2.0915.9%
Tire Balancing $43.50$45.293.9%

Utilities

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$168.52$170.801.3%
Phone $38.71$28.2637.0%
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.
Oaklawn-Sunview, KS2,83879-21%
Potwin, KS53482-18%
Towanda, KS1,66686-14%
El Dorado, KS12,93186-14%
Whitewater, KS72886-14%
Benton, KS1,01394-6%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Rich Square, NC1,01386-14%
Tumbling Shoals, AR1,01386-14%
Viola, IL1,01386-14%
Shellsburg, IA1,01389-11%
Cottonwood Falls, KS1,01276-24%
Benton, KS1,01394-6%
Source: The Benton, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.