Fairview Heights 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.
IndexFairview HeightsIllinoisNational
Cost of living index9398100
IndexFairview HeightsIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index9397100
Groceries index10397100
Health care index96100100
Housing index8399100
Transportation index94104100
Utilities index11395100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Fairview Heights, IL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Fairview Heights, IL enjoy a cost of living index of 93. This index is 5% lower than the Illinois average, and 7% 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 Fairview Heights, IL, the average cost of goods and services is 4% lower than it is in Illinois, and it is 7% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Fairview Heights is 5% lower than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Fairview Heights is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fairview Heights is 17% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Fairview Heights, IL to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Fairview Heights, IL, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Fairview Heights, IL salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$67,927$5,661$1,585$2,038
Renters$44,803$3,734$1,045$1,344
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Fairview Heights, IL by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Fairview Heights, IL have a median income of $67,927. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,585 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $44,803, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,045.

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%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Fairview Heights, IL, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Illinois, as well as the rate for income tax in Illinois. 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 Illinois is 9.75%, and the sales tax in the state of Illinois is 6.25%. 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 Illinois starts from 3.75% and goes up to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemFairview HeightsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.36$15.565.1%
Beauty Salon $37.77$36.114.6%
Toothpaste $2.13$2.4713.7%
Shampoo $1.03$0.966.7%
Movie $10.07$10.130.6%
Bowling $3.78$4.7420.2%

Groceries

ItemFairview HeightsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.90$3.9823.0%
Fried Chicken $1.88$1.4133.6%
Milk $2.33$2.0612.9%
Potatoes $2.48$2.9816.7%
Pizza $8.52$9.4710.1%
Beer $8.04$8.798.6%

Health Care

ItemFairview HeightsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $76.95$101.0423.8%
Doctor $84.03$107.4421.8%
Dentist $91.80$90.421.5%
Ibuprofen $11.43$9.2823.2%
Lipitor $433.91$426.501.7%

Housing

ItemFairview HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $126,800.00$175,700.0027.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $728.96$1,133.2335.7%
Apartment Rent $991.00$920.007.7%

Transportation

ItemFairview HeightsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.87$1.996.4%
Tire Balancing $43.83$45.764.2%

Utilities

ItemFairview HeightsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$160.36$163.812.1%
Phone $38.25$28.3934.8%
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, IL098-2%
Brooklyn, IL80778-22%
Alorton, IL1,72979-21%
Venice, IL1,75180-20%
Washington Park, IL4,12081-19%
Fairview Heights, IL17,25093-7%

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Fairview Heights, IL17,25093-7%
Source: The Fairview Heights, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.