East Grand Rapids 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.
IndexEast Grand RapidsMichiganNational
Cost of living index11089100
IndexEast Grand RapidsMichiganNational
Goods & Services index10195100
Groceries index9492100
Health care index9596100
Housing index13873100
Transportation index9797100
Utilities index96100100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in East Grand Rapids, MI. As you can see, with the average cost of living in East Grand Rapids, MI being 110, that puts it 24% higher than the average of Michigan and 10% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of East Grand Rapids, MI, the price of goods and services are 6% higher than the average of Michigan as well as 1% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in East Grand Rapids is 24% higher than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in East Grand Rapids is 10% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in East Grand Rapids is 38% higher than the national average.
  • Michigan general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Michigan state income tax is 91% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in East Grand Rapids, MI to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in East Grand Rapids, MI, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the East Grand Rapids, MI salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$114,036$9,503$2,661$3,421
Renters$37,042$3,087$864$1,111
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in East Grand Rapids, MI as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for East Grand Rapids, MI homeowners, is $114,036. This would allow for a maximum of $2,661 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $37,042 which would result in a maximum of $864 to be spent on rental costs.

Michigan Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Michigan6%6%

Michigan Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Michigan4.25%4.25%
For those who live in East Grand Rapids, MI and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Michigan income tax rate and the Michigan 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 Michigan, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 6%. 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 Michigan, the income tax rate ranges between 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemEast Grand RapidsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.00$14.599.6%
Beauty Salon $35.00$34.680.9%
Toothpaste $1.72$2.4730.5%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $10.15$9.872.9%
Bowling $4.27$4.392.8%

Groceries

ItemEast Grand RapidsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4618.7%
Milk $2.45$2.364.0%
Potatoes $2.82$3.067.9%
Pizza $8.96$9.243.1%
Beer $9.04$8.634.7%

Health Care

ItemEast Grand RapidsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.50$99.7815.3%
Doctor $94.00$105.0310.5%
Dentist $79.67$88.7010.2%
Ibuprofen $8.48$9.419.9%
Lipitor $342.99$298.5014.9%

Housing

ItemEast Grand RapidsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $249,000.00$175,700.0041.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $849.65$1,081.0321.4%
Apartment Rent $1,193.00$920.0029.7%

Transportation

ItemEast Grand RapidsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.95$2.096.8%
Tire Balancing $48.00$45.296.0%

Utilities

ItemEast Grand RapidsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.83$170.806.4%
Phone $27.99$28.260.9%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Freeport, MI49387-13%
Sparta, MI4,19987-13%
Lowell, MI3,83887-13%
Wyoming, MI73,43487-13%
Grand Rapids, MI190,73989-11%
East Grand Rapids, MI10,99911010%

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Source: The East Grand Rapids, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.