Centerville 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.
IndexCentervilleIowaNational
Cost of living index7888100
IndexCentervilleIowaNational
Goods & Services index9293100
Groceries index9395100
Health care index9796100
Housing index4573100
Transportation index9197100
Utilities index9299100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Centerville, IA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Centerville, IA enjoy a cost of living index of 78. This index is 12% lower than the Iowa average, and 22% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Centerville, IA, the average cost of goods and services is 1% lower than it is in Iowa, and it is 8% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Centerville is 12% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Centerville is 22% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Centerville is 55% lower than the national average.
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Iowa state income tax is 84% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Centerville, IA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Centerville, IA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Centerville, IA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$51,505$4,292$1,202$1,545
Renters$18,815$1,568$439$565
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Centerville, IA, 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 Centerville, IA homeowners have a median income of $51,505. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,202 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $18,815, which means there is a maximum of $439 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Iowa Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Iowa6%7%

Iowa Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Iowa0.36%8.98%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Centerville, IA is the Iowa sales tax and Iowa income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Iowa sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Iowa income tax rates range from 0.36% to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemCentervilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.67$14.596.3%
Beauty Salon $27.07$34.6821.9%
Toothpaste $2.07$2.4716.3%
Shampoo $1.00$1.022.2%
Movie $8.93$9.879.5%
Bowling $4.30$4.392.1%

Groceries

ItemCentervilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.03$4.4810.0%
Fried Chicken $1.77$1.4620.9%
Milk $2.26$2.364.1%
Potatoes $2.42$3.0621.0%
Pizza $8.49$9.248.1%
Beer $8.37$8.633.0%

Health Care

ItemCentervilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $96.40$99.783.4%
Doctor $122.60$105.0316.7%
Dentist $78.13$88.7011.9%
Ibuprofen $8.89$9.415.5%
Lipitor $262.74$298.5012.0%

Housing

ItemCentervilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $70,000.00$175,700.0060.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $956.15$1,081.0311.6%
Apartment Rent $534.00$920.0042.0%

Transportation

ItemCentervilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.83$2.0912.5%
Tire Balancing $44.80$45.291.1%

Utilities

ItemCentervilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$143.19$170.8016.2%
Phone $29.30$28.263.7%
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.
Numa, IA6569-31%
Udell, IA3471-29%
Promise City, IA23073-27%
Rathbun, IA6474-26%
Unionville, IA7374-26%
Centerville, IA5,48078-22%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Sunnyvale, TX5,48013131%
Rockwood, TN5,48081-19%
Canal Fulton, OH5,47992-8%
Titusville, PA5,47975-25%
Shippensburg, PA5,47997-3%
Centerville, IA5,48078-22%
Source: The Centerville, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.