Eldridge 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.
IndexEldridgeIowaNational
Cost of living index9988100
IndexEldridgeIowaNational
Goods & Services index9993100
Groceries index10095100
Health care index9296100
Housing index9873100
Transportation index10297100
Utilities index10099100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Eldridge, IA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Iowa the cost of living index in Eldridge, IA is 99, which is 12% higher than the average in Iowa and compared to the national average it is 1% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Eldridge, IA goods and services come in at 6% higher than the average in Iowa and are 1% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Eldridge is 12% higher than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Eldridge is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Eldridge is 2% 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$80,104$6,675$1,869$2,403
Renters$32,609$2,717$761$978
The affordability of the housing market in Eldridge, IA 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 Eldridge, IA homeowners, the median income is $80,104. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,869 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $32,609. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $761 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Iowa Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Iowa6%7%

Iowa Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Iowa0.36%8.98%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Eldridge, IA you will want to make sure you consider both the Iowa sales tax and the Iowa 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 Iowa is 6%, with the highest surtax being 7%. 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 Iowa have a range from 0.36% to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemEldridgeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.50$14.597.5%
Beauty Salon $28.00$34.6819.3%
Toothpaste $2.12$2.4714.3%
Shampoo $0.92$1.0210.0%
Movie $9.88$9.870.1%
Bowling $2.75$4.3937.4%

Groceries

ItemEldridgeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.69$4.484.8%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.466.6%
Milk $2.33$2.361.1%
Potatoes $2.99$3.062.3%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $8.37$8.633.0%

Health Care

ItemEldridgeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $97.00$99.782.8%
Doctor $115.00$105.039.5%
Dentist $64.67$88.7027.1%
Ibuprofen $8.99$9.414.5%
Lipitor $296.88$298.500.5%

Housing

ItemEldridgeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $197,800.00$175,700.0012.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,182.15$1,081.039.4%
Apartment Rent $579.00$920.0037.1%

Transportation

ItemEldridgeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.03$2.092.9%
Tire Balancing $51.92$45.2914.7%

Utilities

ItemEldridgeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$142.93$170.8016.3%
Phone $34.56$28.2622.3%
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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Cleveland, IL13784-16%
Stockton, IA21786-14%
Panorama Park, IA11086-14%
Milan, IL5,12286-14%
Calamus, IA38086-14%
Eldridge, IA5,90899-1%

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Eldridge, IA5,90899-1%
Source: The Eldridge, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.