Columbia 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.
IndexColumbia CityIndianaNational
Cost of living index8387100
IndexColumbia CityIndianaNational
Goods & Services index9794100
Groceries index9094100
Health care index9095100
Housing index5873100
Transportation index9292100
Utilities index9090100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Columbia City, IN is shown above. Compared to the state average of Indiana the cost of living index in Columbia City, IN is 83, which is 5% lower than the average in Indiana and compared to the national average it is 17% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Columbia City, IN goods and services come in at 3% higher than the average in Indiana and are 4% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Columbia City is 5% lower than the Indiana average.
  • The cost of living in Columbia City is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Columbia City is 42% lower than the national average.
  • Indiana general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Indiana state income tax is 48% 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$49,729$4,144$1,160$1,492
Renters$24,738$2,062$577$742
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Columbia City, IN, 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 Columbia City, IN homeowners have a median income of $49,729. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,160 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $24,738, which means there is a maximum of $577 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Indiana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Indiana7%7%

Indiana Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Indiana3.3%3.3%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Columbia City, IN you will want to make sure you consider both the Indiana sales tax and the Indiana 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 Indiana is 7%, with the highest surtax being 7%. 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 Indiana have a range from 3.3% to 3.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemColumbia CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.11$15.563.5%
Beauty Salon $25.00$36.1130.8%
Toothpaste $2.44$2.471.3%
Shampoo $0.78$0.9618.8%
Movie $10.25$10.131.2%
Bowling $3.49$4.7426.4%

Groceries

ItemColumbia CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.58$3.9810.1%
Fried Chicken $1.05$1.4125.4%
Milk $1.74$2.0615.8%
Potatoes $2.93$2.981.9%
Pizza $9.67$9.472.0%
Beer $8.38$8.794.7%

Health Care

ItemColumbia CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $99.44$101.041.6%
Doctor $87.28$107.4418.8%
Dentist $85.65$90.425.3%
Ibuprofen $8.03$9.2813.4%
Lipitor $387.76$426.509.1%

Housing

ItemColumbia CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $95,300.00$175,700.0045.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $835.59$1,133.2326.3%
Apartment Rent $628.00$920.0031.7%

Transportation

ItemColumbia CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.89$1.995.0%
Tire Balancing $38.96$45.7614.9%

Utilities

ItemColumbia CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$134.29$163.8118.0%
Phone $28.76$28.391.3%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Sidney, IN9576-24%
South Whitley, IN1,95681-19%
Larwill, IN34781-19%
Pierceton, IN1,15481-19%
Churubusco, IN1,80681-19%
Columbia City, IN9,05783-17%

Cities with similar population

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Fallston, MD9,05612626%
Fitzgerald, GA9,05484-16%
Charlotte, MI9,05387-13%
St. Stephens, NC9,05290-10%
Leonia, NJ9,05114949%
Columbia City, IN9,05783-17%
Source: The Columbia City, IN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.