Fort Scott 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.
IndexFort ScottKansasNational
Cost of living index7990100
IndexFort ScottKansasNational
Goods & Services index8896100
Groceries index9093100
Health care index9197100
Housing index4676100
Transportation index9493100
Utilities index12198100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Fort Scott, KS cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Kansas and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Fort Scott, KS is 79, which is 11% lower than the Kansas average and 21% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Fort Scott, KS are 9% lower than the average for Kansas and 13% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Fort Scott is 11% lower than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Fort Scott is 21% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fort Scott is 54% 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

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The affordability of the housing market in Fort Scott, KS 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 Fort Scott, KS homeowners, the median income is $43,850. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,023 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $21,263. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $496 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Kansas Sales Tax

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Kansas Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Fort Scott, 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

ItemFort ScottNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.94$15.562.4%
Beauty Salon $23.11$36.1136.0%
Toothpaste $2.05$2.4717.2%
Shampoo $0.93$0.964.0%
Movie $12.06$10.1319.1%
Bowling $3.50$4.7426.1%


ItemFort ScottNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.25$3.986.6%
Fried Chicken $1.32$1.416.4%
Milk $2.10$2.061.9%
Potatoes $2.55$2.9814.4%
Pizza $9.00$9.475.0%
Beer $8.62$8.792.0%

Health Care

ItemFort ScottNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $93.60$101.047.4%
Doctor $105.33$107.442.0%
Dentist $77.73$90.4214.0%
Ibuprofen $6.71$9.2827.7%
Lipitor $425.83$426.500.2%


ItemFort ScottNational avg.Difference
Home Price $65,600.00$175,700.0062.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $755.34$1,133.2333.3%
Apartment Rent $595.00$920.0035.3%


ItemFort ScottNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.71$1.9914.3%
Tire Balancing $51.34$45.7612.2%


ItemFort ScottNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$185.51$163.8113.2%
Phone $37.89$28.3933.5%
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.
Stotesbury, MO1868-32%
Metz, MO4268-32%
Hepler, KS13769-31%
Richards, MO12470-30%
Redfield, KS9672-28%
Fort Scott, KS7,95779-21%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Broadview, IL7,9561033%
Thousand Palms, CA7,9561077%
Green, OR7,95498-2%
Ruidoso, NM7,95497-3%
Carnegie, PA7,96086-14%
Fort Scott, KS7,95779-21%
Source: The Fort Scott, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.