Great Bend 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.
IndexGreat BendKansasNational
Cost of living index8290100
IndexGreat BendKansasNational
Goods & Services index9899100
Groceries index9493100
Health care index10396100
Housing index5176100
Transportation index8889100
Utilities index9398100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Great Bend, KS is displayed above. In Great Bend, KS, the overall cost of living index is 82, which is 9% lower than the Kansas average and 18% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Great Bend, KS, the city's goods and services are 1% lower than the Kansas average and 2% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Great Bend is 9% lower than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Great Bend is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Great Bend is 49% 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$52,619$4,385$1,228$1,579
Renters$24,811$2,068$579$744
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 Great Bend, KS, 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. Great Bend, KS has a median income of about $52,619 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,228 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $24,811. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $579 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Kansas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Kansas6.15%9.65%

Kansas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Kansas2.7%4.6%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Great Bend, 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

ItemGreat BendNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.00$14.5910.9%
Beauty Salon $23.80$34.6831.4%
Toothpaste $2.63$2.476.3%
Shampoo $0.92$1.0210.0%
Movie $9.50$9.873.7%
Bowling $3.67$4.3916.4%

Groceries

ItemGreat BendNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.43$4.481.0%
Fried Chicken $1.09$1.4625.5%
Milk $1.97$2.3616.4%
Potatoes $3.37$3.0610.1%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $8.20$8.635.0%

Health Care

ItemGreat BendNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $132.50$99.7832.8%
Doctor $117.00$105.0311.4%
Dentist $83.00$88.706.4%
Ibuprofen $8.36$9.4111.2%
Lipitor $306.96$298.502.8%

Housing

ItemGreat BendNational avg.Difference
Home Price $78,000.00$175,700.0055.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $906.71$1,081.0316.1%
Apartment Rent $610.00$920.0033.7%

Transportation

ItemGreat BendNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.79$2.0914.4%
Tire Balancing $43.00$45.295.0%

Utilities

ItemGreat BendNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$162.24$170.805.0%
Phone $25.42$28.2610.0%
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.
Radium, KS4671-29%
Seward, KS5571-29%
Odin, KS7772-28%
Pawnee Rock, KS21375-25%
Otis, KS33376-24%
Great Bend, KS15,94282-18%

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Asbury Park, NJ15,93314545%
Great Bend, KS15,94282-18%
Source: The Great Bend, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.