Glasgow 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.
Cost of living index8387100
Goods & Services index9597100
Groceries index9189100
Health care index8289100
Housing index5570100
Transportation index9897100
Utilities index10494100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Glasgow, KY is shown above. Compared to the state average of Kentucky the cost of living index in Glasgow, KY is 83, which is 5% lower than the average in Kentucky and compared to the national average it is 17% 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 Glasgow, KY goods and services come in at 2% lower than the average in Kentucky and are 5% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Glasgow is 5% lower than the Kentucky average.
  • The cost of living in Glasgow is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Glasgow is 45% lower than the national average.
  • Kentucky general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Kentucky state income tax is 10% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Glasgow, KY to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Glasgow, KY, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Glasgow, KY salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Glasgow, KY 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 Glasgow, KY homeowners, is $52,064. This would allow for a maximum of $1,215 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $18,200 which would result in a maximum of $425 to be spent on rental costs.

Kentucky Sales Tax

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Kentucky Income Tax

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For those who live in Glasgow, KY and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Kentucky income tax rate and the Kentucky sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Kentucky, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 6%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Kentucky, the income tax rate ranges between 2% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemGlasgowNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.00$15.562.8%
Beauty Salon $35.00$36.113.1%
Toothpaste $3.46$2.4740.1%
Shampoo $0.86$0.9611.2%
Movie $10.92$10.137.8%
Bowling $4.00$4.7415.5%


ItemGlasgowNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.64$3.988.6%
Fried Chicken $0.97$1.4130.8%
Milk $1.81$2.0612.5%
Potatoes $4.43$2.9848.7%
Pizza $8.00$9.4715.6%
Beer $9.00$8.792.3%

Health Care

ItemGlasgowNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $85.61$101.0415.3%
Doctor $77.67$107.4427.7%
Dentist $82.00$90.429.3%
Ibuprofen $6.56$9.2829.3%
Lipitor $351.28$426.5017.6%


ItemGlasgowNational avg.Difference
Home Price $91,300.00$175,700.0048.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $941.69$1,133.2316.9%
Apartment Rent $579.00$920.0037.1%


ItemGlasgowNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.95$1.991.9%
Tire Balancing $45.22$45.761.2%


ItemGlasgowNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$168.98$163.813.2%
Phone $30.00$28.395.7%
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.
Cave City, KY2,21480-20%
Horse Cave, KY2,13880-20%
Hiseville, KY19781-19%
Park City, KY53281-19%
Summer Shade, KY33982-18%
Glasgow, KY14,15283-17%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Maumee, OH14,14893-7%
Rocky Point, NY14,14513333%
Lady Lake, FL14,13890-10%
Brooklyn Park, MD14,1361099%
Pottsville, PA14,13687-13%
Glasgow, KY14,15283-17%
Source: The Glasgow, KY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.