Emporia 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.
IndexEmporiaKansasNational
Cost of living index8590100
IndexEmporiaKansasNational
Goods & Services index10499100
Groceries index9893100
Health care index9296100
Housing index5576100
Transportation index8789100
Utilities index9298100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Emporia, KS. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Emporia, KS being 85, that puts it 5% lower than the average of Kansas and 15% lower 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 Emporia, KS, the price of goods and services are 5% higher than the average of Kansas as well as 4% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Emporia is 5% lower than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Emporia is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Emporia is 45% lower than the national average.
  • Kansas general sales tax is 21% higher than the national average.
  • Kansas state income tax is 21% 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$56,136$4,678$1,310$1,684
Renters$21,974$1,831$513$659
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Emporia, KS 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 Emporia, KS homeowners, is $56,136. This would allow for a maximum of $1,310 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $21,974 which would result in a maximum of $513 to be spent on rental costs.

Kansas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Kansas6.15%9.65%

Kansas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Kansas2.7%4.6%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Emporia, KS you will want to make sure you consider both the Kansas sales tax and the Kansas 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 Kansas is 6.15%, with the highest surtax being 9.65%. 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 Kansas have a range from 2.7% to 4.6%.

Goods & Services

ItemEmporiaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.40$14.595.5%
Beauty Salon $27.20$34.6821.6%
Toothpaste $2.15$2.4713.1%
Shampoo $0.91$1.0211.0%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $4.95$4.3912.7%

Groceries

ItemEmporiaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.85$4.488.3%
Fried Chicken $1.79$1.4622.3%
Milk $1.71$2.3627.4%
Potatoes $2.57$3.0616.1%
Pizza $9.34$9.241.1%
Beer $8.39$8.632.8%

Health Care

ItemEmporiaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $129.00$99.7829.3%
Doctor $81.50$105.0322.4%
Dentist $79.40$88.7010.5%
Ibuprofen $8.71$9.417.5%
Lipitor $299.67$298.500.4%

Housing

ItemEmporiaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $89,000.00$175,700.0049.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $822.01$1,081.0324.0%
Apartment Rent $590.00$920.0035.9%

Transportation

ItemEmporiaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.79$2.0914.5%
Tire Balancing $40.94$45.299.6%

Utilities

ItemEmporiaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$156.56$170.808.3%
Phone $26.01$28.267.9%
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.
Dunlap, KS1491-9%
Reading, KS27978-22%
Neosho Rapids, KS22979-21%
Hartford, KS39880-20%
Americus, KS82283-17%
Emporia, KS24,78785-15%

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Austin, MN24,76083-17%
Emporia, KS24,78785-15%
Source: The Emporia, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.