Forest Park 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.
IndexForest ParkIllinoisNational
Cost of living index11199100
IndexForest ParkIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index10698100
Groceries index10899100
Health care index100101100
Housing index12299100
Transportation index11297100
Utilities index104101100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Forest Park, IL. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Forest Park, IL being 111, that puts it 12% higher than the average of Illinois and 11% higher 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 Forest Park, IL, the price of goods and services are 8% higher than the average of Illinois as well as 6% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Forest Park is 12% higher than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Forest Park is 11% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Forest Park is 22% higher 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$66,667$5,556$1,555$2,000
Renters$40,861$3,405$953$1,226
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Forest Park, IL, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Forest Park, IL has a median income of about $66,667 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,555 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $40,861. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $953 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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 assessing the complete cost of living in Forest Park, IL, the Illinois income tax and the Illinois sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Illinois maximum surtax is 9.75%, and the Illinois sales tax is 6.25%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 3.75% to 3.75% in Illinois.

Goods & Services

ItemForest ParkNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $45.00$34.6829.8%
Toothpaste $2.34$2.475.4%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $13.75$9.8739.3%
Bowling $5.00$4.3913.9%

Groceries

ItemForest ParkNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.37$4.4820.0%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.463.0%
Milk $1.74$2.3626.2%
Potatoes $2.50$3.0618.3%
Pizza $10.99$9.2418.9%
Beer $14.25$8.6365.1%

Health Care

ItemForest ParkNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $95.00$99.784.8%
Doctor $100.00$105.034.8%
Dentist $100.00$88.7012.7%
Ibuprofen $9.24$9.411.8%
Lipitor $262.00$298.5012.2%

Housing

ItemForest ParkNational avg.Difference
Home Price $230,200.00$175,700.0031.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,500.61$1,081.0338.8%
Apartment Rent $941.00$920.002.3%

Transportation

ItemForest ParkNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.29$2.099.5%
Tire Balancing $53.31$45.2917.7%

Utilities

ItemForest ParkNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$173.99$170.801.9%
Phone $30.05$28.266.3%
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.
Hodgkins, IL2,18588-12%
Hometown, IL4,35893-7%
Calumet Park, IL8,18997-3%
Blue Island, IL23,45397-3%
Merrionette Park, IL1,74897-3%
Forest Park, IL14,20211111%

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Greenlawn, NY14,18914747%
Forest Park, IL14,20211111%
Source: The Forest Park, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.