Carson 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.
IndexCarson CityNevadaNational
Cost of living index119105100
IndexCarson CityNevadaNational
Goods & Services index115110100
Groceries index133111100
Health care index120103100
Housing index10299100
Transportation index154111100
Utilities index13694100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Carson City, NV cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Nevada and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Carson City, NV is 119, which is 14% higher than the Nevada average and 19% higher 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 Carson City, NV are 5% higher than the average for Nevada and 15% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Carson City is 14% higher than the Nevada average.
  • The cost of living in Carson City is 19% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Carson City is 2% higher than the national average.
  • Nevada general sales tax is 35% higher than the national average.
  • Nevada state income tax is 100% lower 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$64,913$5,409$1,515$1,948
Renters$31,865$2,655$743$956
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Carson City, NV, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Carson City, NV homeowners have a median income of $64,913. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,515 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $31,865, which means there is a maximum of $743 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Nevada Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Nevada6.85%8.1%

Nevada Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Nevada0%0%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Carson City, NV, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Nevada, as well as the rate for income tax in Nevada. 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 Nevada is 8.1%, and the sales tax in the state of Nevada is 6.85%. 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 Nevada starts from 0% and goes up to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemCarson CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.00$14.599.6%
Beauty Salon $50.00$34.6844.2%
Toothpaste $3.79$2.4753.2%
Shampoo $1.32$1.0229.2%
Movie $11.00$9.8711.5%
Bowling $2.88$4.3934.4%

Groceries

ItemCarson CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.12$4.4814.4%
Fried Chicken $1.84$1.4625.7%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.87$3.0626.4%
Pizza $15.99$9.2473.0%
Beer $9.24$8.637.0%

Health Care

ItemCarson CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.00$99.7820.3%
Doctor $111.81$105.036.5%
Dentist $121.33$88.7036.8%
Ibuprofen $11.87$9.4126.1%
Lipitor $320.00$298.507.2%

Housing

ItemCarson CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $188,000.00$175,700.007.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,907.43$1,081.03169.0%
Apartment Rent $837.00$920.009.0%

Transportation

ItemCarson CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $3.60$2.0972.1%
Tire Balancing $46.00$45.291.6%

Utilities

ItemCarson CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$252.17$170.8047.6%
Phone $33.50$28.2618.6%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Logan Creek, NV381077%
Stateline, NV1,01711313%
Dayton, NV8,9721033%
Indian Hills, NV6,00712424%
Gardnerville, NV5,76112424%
Carson City, NV54,63411919%

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Carson City, NV54,63411919%
Source: The Carson City, NV cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.