El Mirage 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.
IndexEl MirageArizonaNational
Cost of living index8897100
IndexEl MirageArizonaNational
Goods & Services index9297100
Groceries index10198100
Health care index97100100
Housing index7394100
Transportation index9499100
Utilities index9399100
Displayed above is a general overview of the El Mirage, AZ cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in El Mirage, AZ is 88, which is 9% lower than the Arizona average and 12% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in El Mirage, AZ are 5% lower than the Arizona average and 8% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in El Mirage is 9% lower than the Arizona average.
  • The cost of living in El Mirage is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in El Mirage is 27% lower than the national average.
  • Arizona general sales tax is 10% higher than the national average.
  • Arizona state income tax is 16% 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$51,578$4,298$1,203$1,547
Renters$37,192$3,099$868$1,116
The affordability of the housing market in El Mirage, AZ 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 El Mirage, AZ homeowners, the median income is $51,578. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,203 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $37,192. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $868 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Arizona Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Arizona5.6%10.725%

Arizona Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Arizona2.59%4.54%
When you are determining the total cost of living in El Mirage, AZ you will want to make sure you consider both the Arizona sales tax and the Arizona 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 Arizona is 5.6%, with the highest surtax being 10.725%. 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 Arizona have a range from 2.59% to 4.54%.

Goods & Services

ItemEl MirageNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.00$14.5910.9%
Beauty Salon $25.00$34.6827.9%
Toothpaste $1.69$2.4731.7%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $9.50$9.873.7%
Bowling $4.50$4.392.5%

Groceries

ItemEl MirageNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.64$4.483.6%
Fried Chicken $1.92$1.4631.1%
Milk $1.94$2.3617.7%
Potatoes $3.41$3.0611.4%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $8.07$8.636.5%

Health Care

ItemEl MirageNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.00$99.7815.8%
Doctor $100.00$105.034.8%
Dentist $100.00$88.7012.7%
Ibuprofen $7.99$9.4115.1%
Lipitor $248.90$298.5016.6%

Housing

ItemEl MirageNational avg.Difference
Home Price $94,800.00$175,700.0046.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $997.22$1,081.037.8%
Apartment Rent $1,089.00$920.0018.4%

Transportation

ItemEl MirageNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$2.094.6%
Tire Balancing $40.00$45.2911.7%

Utilities

ItemEl MirageNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$184.52$170.808.0%
Phone $19.99$28.2629.3%
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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Wittmann, AZ37670-30%
Goodyear Village, AZ49676-24%
Tolleson, AZ6,70786-14%
Youngtown, AZ6,29986-14%
Sun City, AZ38,62289-11%
El Mirage, AZ32,60088-12%

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Issaquah, WA32,55114848%
El Mirage, AZ32,60088-12%
Source: The El Mirage, AZ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.