Council Bluffs 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.
IndexCouncil BluffsIowaNational
Cost of living index8788100
IndexCouncil BluffsIowaNational
Goods & Services index9593100
Groceries index9595100
Health care index10296100
Housing index6973100
Transportation index9697100
Utilities index9199100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Council Bluffs, IA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Iowa and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Council Bluffs, IA is 87, which is 1% lower than the Iowa average and 13% lower 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 Council Bluffs, IA are 2% higher than the average for Iowa and 5% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Council Bluffs is 1% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Council Bluffs is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Council Bluffs is 31% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$58,717$4,893$1,370$1,762
Renters$27,764$2,314$648$833
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Council Bluffs, 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 Council Bluffs, IA homeowners have a median income of $58,717. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,370 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $27,764, which means there is a maximum of $648 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%
For those who live in Council Bluffs, IA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Iowa income tax rate and the Iowa sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Iowa, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Iowa, the income tax rate ranges between 0.36% to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemCouncil BluffsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.83$14.598.5%
Beauty Salon $28.50$34.6817.8%
Toothpaste $2.36$2.474.6%
Shampoo $0.90$1.0211.9%
Movie $9.79$9.870.8%
Bowling $3.61$4.3917.8%

Groceries

ItemCouncil BluffsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.53$4.481.2%
Fried Chicken $1.47$1.460.4%
Milk $2.33$2.361.1%
Potatoes $2.80$3.068.5%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $7.90$8.638.5%

Health Care

ItemCouncil BluffsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.40$99.782.6%
Doctor $136.00$105.0329.5%
Dentist $73.25$88.7017.4%
Ibuprofen $9.30$9.411.2%
Lipitor $306.52$298.502.7%

Housing

ItemCouncil BluffsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $111,000.00$175,700.0036.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $887.51$1,081.0317.9%
Apartment Rent $763.00$920.0017.1%

Transportation

ItemCouncil BluffsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.92$2.098.0%
Tire Balancing $47.97$45.295.9%

Utilities

ItemCouncil BluffsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$157.32$170.807.9%
Phone $24.99$28.2611.6%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Boys Town, NE91495-5%
Richfield, NE16695-5%
La Platte, NE9268-32%
Mineola, IA15281-19%
Springfield, NE1,28886-14%
Council Bluffs, IA62,26187-13%

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Taylor, MI62,33184-16%
Dundalk, MD62,18696-4%
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Hamilton, OH62,36686-14%
Eden Prairie, MN62,09612121%
Council Bluffs, IA62,26187-13%
Source: The Council Bluffs, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.