Fond du Lac 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.
IndexFond du LacWisconsinNational
Cost of living index9497100
IndexFond du LacWisconsinNational
Goods & Services index10198100
Groceries index10499100
Health care index113112100
Housing index7191100
Transportation index102103100
Utilities index108100100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Fond du Lac, WI is shown above. Compared to the state average of Wisconsin the cost of living index in Fond du Lac, WI is 94, which is 4% lower than the average in Wisconsin and compared to the national average it is 6% 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 Fond du Lac, WI goods and services come in at 4% higher than the average in Wisconsin and are 1% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Fond du Lac is 4% lower than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in Fond du Lac is 6% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fond du Lac is 29% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 98% 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$62,549$5,212$1,459$1,877
Renters$28,475$2,373$664$854
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Fond du Lac, WI 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 Fond du Lac, WI have a median income of $62,549. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,459 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $28,475, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $664.

Wisconsin Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Wisconsin5%5.6%

Wisconsin Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Wisconsin4.4%7.65%
The Wisconsin sales tax and Wisconsin income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Fond du Lac, WI. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Wisconsin sales tax is 5% and the maximum surtax is 5.6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Wisconsin income tax rates range from 4.4% to 7.65%.

Goods & Services

ItemFond du LacNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.00$15.562.8%
Beauty Salon $26.53$36.1126.5%
Toothpaste $2.96$2.4719.7%
Shampoo $1.11$0.9615.4%
Movie $8.13$10.1319.8%
Bowling $3.50$4.7426.1%

Groceries

ItemFond du LacNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.28$3.987.4%
Fried Chicken $1.55$1.4110.4%
Milk $1.98$2.064.2%
Potatoes $2.06$2.9831.0%
Pizza $11.00$9.4716.1%
Beer $7.66$8.7912.9%

Health Care

ItemFond du LacNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $68.34$101.0432.4%
Doctor $177.01$107.4464.7%
Dentist $85.33$90.425.6%
Ibuprofen $9.55$9.282.9%
Lipitor $435.50$426.502.1%

Housing

ItemFond du LacNational avg.Difference
Home Price $123,500.00$175,700.0029.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $940.04$1,133.2317.0%
Apartment Rent $681.00$920.0026.0%

Transportation

ItemFond du LacNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.08$1.994.4%
Tire Balancing $43.75$45.764.4%

Utilities

ItemFond du LacNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$190.82$163.8116.5%
Phone $27.57$28.392.9%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
North Fond du Lac, WI5,00092-8%
Eden, WI74993-7%
Waupun, WI11,33693-7%
Van Dyne, WI33193-7%
St. Cloud, WI49094-6%
Fond du Lac, WI43,00794-6%

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Source: The Fond du Lac, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.