Elwood 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.
Cost of living index8287100
Goods & Services index9994100
Groceries index9694100
Health care index9895100
Housing index4973100
Transportation index9692100
Utilities index9090100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Elwood, IN is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Elwood, IN enjoy a cost of living index of 82. This index is 6% lower than the Indiana average, and 18% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Elwood, IN, the average cost of goods and services is 5% higher than it is in Indiana, and it is 1% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Elwood is 6% lower than the Indiana average.
  • The cost of living in Elwood is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Elwood is 51% lower than the national average.
  • Indiana general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Indiana state income tax is 48% 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)
The affordability of the housing market in Elwood, IN 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 Elwood, IN homeowners, the median income is $45,929. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,072 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $19,975. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $466 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Indiana Sales Tax

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Indiana Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Elwood, IN, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Indiana, as well as the rate for income tax in Indiana. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Indiana is 7%, and the sales tax in the state of Indiana is 7%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Indiana starts from 3.3% and goes up to 3.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemElwoodNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.85$15.561.8%
Beauty Salon $24.37$36.1132.5%
Toothpaste $2.49$2.470.8%
Shampoo $1.00$0.963.1%
Movie $8.98$10.1311.4%
Bowling $4.08$4.7413.9%


ItemElwoodNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.04$3.981.3%
Fried Chicken $1.25$1.4111.3%
Milk $1.64$2.0620.3%
Potatoes $3.98$2.9833.3%
Pizza $10.49$9.4710.8%
Beer $9.44$8.797.3%

Health Care

ItemElwoodNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $92.59$101.048.4%
Doctor $96.18$107.4410.5%
Dentist $85.47$90.425.5%
Ibuprofen $9.08$9.282.1%
Lipitor $487.00$426.5014.2%


ItemElwoodNational avg.Difference
Home Price $66,100.00$175,700.0062.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $884.32$1,133.2322.0%
Apartment Rent $691.00$920.0024.9%


ItemElwoodNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.89$1.995.2%
Tire Balancing $45.41$45.760.8%


ItemElwoodNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$158.46$163.813.3%
Phone $22.90$28.3919.3%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Jonesboro, IN1,70282-18%
Chesterfield, IN2,52882-18%
Summitville, IN1,07882-18%
Alexandria, IN5,10082-18%
Windfall City, IN89283-17%
Elwood, IN8,56982-18%

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Elwood, IN8,56982-18%
Source: The Elwood, IN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.