Bullhead City 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.
IndexBullhead CityArizonaNational
Cost of living index8798100
IndexBullhead CityArizonaNational
Goods & Services index9997100
Groceries index9498100
Health care index100100100
Housing index7198100
Transportation index9399100
Utilities index7699100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Bullhead City, AZ. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Bullhead City, AZ being 87, that puts it 11% lower than the average of Arizona and 13% 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 Bullhead City, AZ, the price of goods and services are 2% higher than the average of Arizona as well as 1% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Bullhead City is 11% lower than the Arizona average.
  • The cost of living in Bullhead City is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bullhead City is 29% lower than the national average.
  • Arizona general sales tax is 10% higher than the national average.
  • Arizona state income tax is 16% 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$42,983$3,582$1,003$1,290
Renters$30,344$2,529$708$910
The affordability of the housing market in Bullhead City, AZ as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Bullhead City, AZ homeowners, the median income is $42,983. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,003 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $30,344. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $708 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Arizona Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Arizona5.6%10.725%

Arizona Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Arizona2.59%4.54%
The Arizona sales tax and Arizona income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Bullhead City, AZ. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Arizona sales tax is 5.6% and the maximum surtax is 10.725%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Arizona income tax rates range from 2.59% to 4.54%.

Goods & Services

ItemBullhead CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $10.00$14.5931.5%
Beauty Salon $22.67$34.6834.6%
Toothpaste $1.98$2.4719.9%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $9.63$9.872.4%
Bowling $4.75$4.398.2%

Groceries

ItemBullhead CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.90$4.4812.9%
Fried Chicken $1.28$1.4612.6%
Milk $1.78$2.3624.5%
Potatoes $2.55$3.0616.7%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.49$8.631.7%

Health Care

ItemBullhead CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $107.00$99.787.2%
Doctor $102.90$105.032.0%
Dentist $99.00$88.7011.6%
Ibuprofen $8.58$9.418.8%
Lipitor $255.05$298.5014.6%

Housing

ItemBullhead CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $112,200.00$181,400.0038.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,020.24$1,081.035.6%
Apartment Rent $815.00$889.008.3%

Transportation

ItemBullhead CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.02$2.093.5%
Tire Balancing $37.33$45.2917.6%

Utilities

ItemBullhead CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$137.06$170.8019.8%
Phone $19.99$28.2629.3%
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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Bullhead City, AZ39,69487-13%

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Bullhead City, AZ39,69487-13%
Source: The Bullhead City, AZ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.