DeForest 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.
IndexDeForestWisconsinNational
Cost of living index10697100
IndexDeForestWisconsinNational
Goods & Services index10298100
Groceries index10599100
Health care index120112100
Housing index11091100
Transportation index111103100
Utilities index96100100
An overview of the general cost of living index for DeForest, WI is displayed above for your reference. Residents in DeForest, WI enjoy a cost of living index of 106. This index is 9% higher than the Wisconsin average, and 6% higher 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 DeForest, WI, the average cost of goods and services is 5% higher than it is in Wisconsin, and it is 2% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in DeForest is 9% higher than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in DeForest is 6% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in DeForest is 10% higher 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$84,560$7,047$1,973$2,537
Renters$39,278$3,273$916$1,178
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in DeForest, WI, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In DeForest, WI, the median monthly income is $84,560 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,973 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $39,278, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $916 on monthly rental expenses.

Wisconsin Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Wisconsin5%5.6%

Wisconsin Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Wisconsin4.4%7.65%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in DeForest, WI is the Wisconsin sales tax and Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin sales tax rate is 5% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 5.6%. 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 Wisconsin income tax rates range from 4.4% to 7.65%.

Goods & Services

ItemDeForestNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.11$15.569.9%
Beauty Salon $40.22$36.1111.4%
Toothpaste $2.72$2.4710.0%
Shampoo $1.07$0.9610.9%
Movie $11.25$10.1311.1%
Bowling $4.41$4.746.8%

Groceries

ItemDeForestNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.87$3.983.0%
Fried Chicken $1.69$1.4120.3%
Milk $1.89$2.068.4%
Potatoes $2.11$2.9829.2%
Pizza $8.44$9.4710.9%
Beer $8.03$8.798.6%

Health Care

ItemDeForestNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $62.44$101.0438.2%
Doctor $182.00$107.4469.4%
Dentist $97.44$90.427.8%
Ibuprofen $10.49$9.2813.1%
Lipitor $439.37$426.503.0%

Housing

ItemDeForestNational avg.Difference
Home Price $202,100.00$175,700.0015.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,323.60$1,133.2316.8%
Apartment Rent $908.00$920.001.3%

Transportation

ItemDeForestNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$1.990.3%
Tire Balancing $61.78$45.7635.0%

Utilities

ItemDeForestNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$175.50$163.817.1%
Phone $23.32$28.3917.8%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Rio, WI1,05996-4%
Doylestown, WI30397-3%
Marshall, WI3,91299-1%
Poynette, WI2,516100-0%
Fall River, WI1,5631011%
DeForest, WI9,2321066%

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Augusta, KS9,23988-12%
Rio del Mar, CA9,24019090%
Greenwood, AR9,22286-14%
Claymont, DE9,2421088%
DeForest, WI9,2321066%
Source: The DeForest, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.