East St. Louis 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 St. LouisIllinoisNational
Cost of living index8299100
IndexEast St. LouisIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index9798100
Groceries index10199100
Health care index101101100
Housing index4199100
Transportation index9297100
Utilities index114101100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the East St. Louis, IL cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Illinois and cities across the country, the cost of living index in East St. Louis, IL is 82, which is 17% lower than the Illinois average and 18% lower 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 East St. Louis, IL are 2% lower than the average for Illinois and 3% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in East St. Louis is 17% lower than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in East St. Louis is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in East St. Louis is 59% lower 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$30,722$2,560$717$922
Renters$14,381$1,198$336$431
The affordability of the housing market in East St. Louis, 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 East St. Louis, IL homeowners, the median income is $30,722. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $717 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $14,381. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $336 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%
The Illinois sales tax and Illinois income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in East St. Louis, IL. 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 Illinois sales tax is 6.25% and the maximum surtax is 9.75%. 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 Illinois income tax rates range from 3.75% to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemEast St. LouisNational 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

ItemEast St. LouisNational 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

ItemEast St. LouisNational 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

ItemEast St. LouisNational avg.Difference
Home Price $57,000.00$175,700.0067.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $711.37$1,081.0334.2%
Apartment Rent $574.00$920.0037.6%

Transportation

ItemEast St. LouisNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.86$2.0910.9%
Tire Balancing $44.70$45.291.3%

Utilities

ItemEast St. LouisNational 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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Rentchler, IL0100-0%
Brooklyn, IL80779-21%
Alorton, IL1,72980-20%
Venice, IL1,75181-19%
Washington Park, IL4,12082-18%
East St. Louis, IL26,69782-18%

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Middle River, MD26,65298-2%
French Valley, CA26,75313030%
South Riding, VA26,76215050%
East St. Louis, IL26,69782-18%
Source: The East St. Louis, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.