Burlington 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.
IndexBurlingtonWisconsinNational
Cost of living index9998100
IndexBurlingtonWisconsinNational
Goods & Services index97100100
Groceries index103100100
Health care index115112100
Housing index9891100
Transportation index8999100
Utilities index110102100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Burlington, WI. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Burlington, WI being 99, that puts it 1% higher than the average of Wisconsin and 1% 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 Burlington, WI, the price of goods and services are 3% lower than the average of Wisconsin as well as 3% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Burlington is 1% higher than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in Burlington is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Burlington is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 98% 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$77,850$6,488$1,816$2,336
Renters$31,753$2,646$741$953
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 Burlington, WI, 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. Burlington, WI has a median income of about $77,850 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,816 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $31,753. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $741 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Wisconsin Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Wisconsin5%5.6%

Wisconsin Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Wisconsin4.4%7.65%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Burlington, WI you will want to make sure you consider both the Wisconsin sales tax and the Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin is 5%, with the highest surtax being 5.6%. 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 Wisconsin have a range from 4.4% to 7.65%.

Goods & Services

ItemBurlingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.99$14.599.6%
Beauty Salon $30.60$34.6811.8%
Toothpaste $2.51$2.471.5%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0212.9%
Movie $9.80$9.870.7%
Bowling $3.25$4.3926.0%

Groceries

ItemBurlingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.32$4.4825.8%
Fried Chicken $1.86$1.4627.0%
Milk $2.20$2.366.6%
Potatoes $2.35$3.0623.2%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $7.97$8.637.7%

Health Care

ItemBurlingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $52.40$99.7847.5%
Doctor $166.00$105.0358.0%
Dentist $91.60$88.703.3%
Ibuprofen $9.19$9.412.4%
Lipitor $315.77$298.505.8%

Housing

ItemBurlingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $175,800.00$175,700.000.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,141.54$1,081.035.6%
Apartment Rent $844.00$920.008.3%

Transportation

ItemBurlingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.89$2.099.6%
Tire Balancing $37.95$45.2916.2%

Utilities

ItemBurlingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$169.20$170.800.9%
Phone $35.25$28.2624.8%
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.
Lake Ivanhoe, WI51294-6%
Hebron, IL1,09494-6%
Wilmot, WI28296-4%
Elkhorn, WI10,02097-3%
Springfield, WI23598-2%
Burlington, WI10,52899-1%

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Forest Acres, SC10,5331011%
Gulf Shores, AL10,5231044%
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Little Chute, WI10,52094-6%
Burlington, WI10,52899-1%
Source: The Burlington, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.