Downers Grove 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.
IndexDowners GroveIllinoisNational
Cost of living index12199100
IndexDowners GroveIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index9698100
Groceries index10699100
Health care index104101100
Housing index16999100
Transportation index10097100
Utilities index103101100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Downers Grove, IL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Downers Grove, IL enjoy a cost of living index of 121. This index is 22% higher than the Illinois average, and 21% 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 Downers Grove, IL, the average cost of goods and services is 2% lower than it is in Illinois, and it is 4% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Downers Grove is 22% higher than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Downers Grove is 21% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Downers Grove is 69% higher than the national average.
  • Illinois general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average.
  • Illinois state income tax is 69% 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$103,605$8,634$2,417$3,108
Renters$46,304$3,859$1,080$1,389
The affordability of the housing market in Downers Grove, IL as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Downers Grove, IL homeowners, the median income is $103,605. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,417 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $46,304. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,080 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Illinois Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Illinois6.25%9.75%

Illinois Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Illinois3.75%3.75%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Downers Grove, IL you will want to make sure you consider both the Illinois sales tax and the Illinois 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 Illinois is 6.25%, with the highest surtax being 9.75%. 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 Illinois have a range from 3.75% to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemDowners GroveNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.50$14.596.2%
Beauty Salon $37.40$34.687.8%
Toothpaste $3.31$2.4733.8%
Shampoo $1.53$1.0249.7%
Movie $10.26$9.874.0%
Bowling $3.51$4.3920.1%

Groceries

ItemDowners GroveNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.21$4.486.0%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.466.6%
Milk $2.65$2.3612.4%
Potatoes $2.78$3.069.2%
Pizza $8.86$9.244.1%
Beer $8.19$8.635.1%

Health Care

ItemDowners GroveNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $111.13$99.7811.4%
Doctor $129.44$105.0323.2%
Dentist $82.38$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $8.99$9.414.5%
Lipitor $298.47$298.500.0%

Housing

ItemDowners GroveNational avg.Difference
Home Price $332,800.00$175,700.0089.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,023.97$1,081.035.3%
Apartment Rent $1,103.00$920.0019.9%

Transportation

ItemDowners GroveNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.03$2.093.1%
Tire Balancing $49.67$45.299.7%

Utilities

ItemDowners GroveNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$175.65$170.802.8%
Phone $29.20$28.263.3%
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.

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Hodgkins, IL2,18588-12%
Hometown, IL4,35893-7%
Cicero, IL84,42399-1%
Bellwood, IL19,14999-1%
Maywood, IL24,148100-0%
Downers Grove, IL49,37212121%

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Source: The Downers Grove, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.