Dows 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.
IndexDowsIowaNational
Cost of living index7588100
IndexDowsIowaNational
Goods & Services index9493100
Groceries index9395100
Health care index9196100
Housing index3573100
Transportation index9097100
Utilities index9399100

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  • The cost of living in Dows is 15% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Dows is 25% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Dows is 65% 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$34,688$2,891$809$1,041
Renters$28,750$2,396$671$863

Iowa Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Iowa6%7%

Iowa Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Iowa0.36%8.98%

Goods & Services

ItemDowsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.32$14.5918.7%
Beauty Salon $19.78$34.6843.0%
Toothpaste $1.74$2.4729.6%
Shampoo $0.95$1.027.0%
Movie $8.25$9.8716.4%
Bowling $2.75$4.3937.4%

Groceries

ItemDowsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.37$4.4820.0%
Fried Chicken $1.84$1.4625.7%
Milk $2.20$2.366.6%
Potatoes $2.64$3.0613.8%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $7.76$8.6310.1%

Health Care

ItemDowsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.67$99.7815.1%
Doctor $105.00$105.030.0%
Dentist $78.25$88.7011.8%
Ibuprofen $7.99$9.4115.1%
Lipitor $259.66$298.5013.0%

Housing

ItemDowsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $39,800.00$175,700.0077.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $786.08$1,081.0327.3%
Apartment Rent $575.00$920.0037.5%

Transportation

ItemDowsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.91$2.098.8%
Tire Balancing $39.33$45.2913.2%

Utilities

ItemDowsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$184.38$170.808.0%
Phone $20.10$28.2628.9%
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.
Popejoy, IA6368-32%
Chapin, IA16172-28%
Galt, IA7872-28%
Bradford, IA6574-26%
Rowan, IA18674-26%
Dows, IA44275-25%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Traskwood, AR44285-15%
Sandy Hook, WI4421033%
Whittemore, MI44279-21%
Glen, MS44283-17%
Plymouth, NE44282-18%
Dows, IA44275-25%
Source: The Dows, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.