Des Peres 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.
IndexDes PeresMissouriNational
Cost of living index12591100
IndexDes PeresMissouriNational
Goods & Services index9799100
Groceries index10195100
Health care index10197100
Housing index18479100
Transportation index9287100
Utilities index114104100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Des Peres, MO cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Missouri and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Des Peres, MO is 125, which is 37% higher than the Missouri average and 25% 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 Des Peres, MO are 2% lower than the average for Missouri and 3% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Des Peres is 37% higher than the Missouri average.
  • The cost of living in Des Peres is 25% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Des Peres is 84% higher than the national average.
  • Missouri general sales tax is 17% lower than the national average.
  • Missouri state income tax is 33% 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$127,321$10,610$2,971$3,820
Renters$86,176$7,181$2,011$2,586
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Des Peres, MO by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Des Peres, MO have a median income of $127,321. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,971 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $86,176, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $2,011.

Missouri Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Missouri4.225%9.35%

Missouri Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Missouri1.5%6%
The Missouri sales tax and Missouri income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Des Peres, MO. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Missouri sales tax is 4.225% and the maximum surtax is 9.35%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Missouri income tax rates range from 1.5% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemDes PeresNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.17$14.5910.8%
Beauty Salon $34.85$34.680.5%
Toothpaste $2.47$2.470.1%
Shampoo $0.87$1.0214.9%
Movie $10.46$9.876.0%
Bowling $3.64$4.3917.1%

Groceries

ItemDes PeresNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.69$4.4827.1%
Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4635.9%
Milk $2.61$2.3610.7%
Potatoes $2.41$3.0621.3%
Pizza $8.39$9.249.2%
Beer $7.99$8.637.4%

Health Care

ItemDes PeresNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $83.00$99.7816.8%
Doctor $98.56$105.036.2%
Dentist $93.75$88.705.7%
Ibuprofen $10.71$9.4113.8%
Lipitor $306.38$298.502.6%

Housing

ItemDes PeresNational avg.Difference
Home Price $362,600.00$175,700.00106.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $711.37$1,081.0334.2%
Apartment Rent $1,217.00$920.0032.3%

Transportation

ItemDes PeresNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.86$2.0910.9%
Tire Balancing $44.70$45.291.3%

Utilities

ItemDes PeresNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$164.26$170.803.8%
Phone $39.44$28.2639.6%
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.
Peaceful Village, MO597-3%
Champ, MO11100-0%
East Carondelet, IL54683-17%
Wellston, MO2,01083-17%
Hillsdale, MO1,33784-16%
Des Peres, MO8,44312525%

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Fort Bliss, TX8,4501077%
Elsmere, KY8,45188-12%
Runnemede, NJ8,43511010%
Fallon, NV8,45197-3%
Greenville, MI8,43486-14%
Des Peres, MO8,44312525%
Source: The Des Peres, MO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.