Grinnell 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.
IndexGrinnellIowaNational
Cost of living index8788100
IndexGrinnellIowaNational
Goods & Services index9293100
Groceries index9395100
Health care index9796100
Housing index7673100
Transportation index9197100
Utilities index9299100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Grinnell, IA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Grinnell, IA is 87, which is 1% lower than the Iowa average and 13% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Grinnell, IA are 1% lower than the Iowa average and 8% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Grinnell is 1% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Grinnell is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Grinnell is 24% lower than the national average.
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Iowa state income tax is 84% lower 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$66,920$5,577$1,561$2,008
Renters$25,057$2,088$585$752
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Grinnell, IA 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 Grinnell, IA homeowners, is $66,920. This would allow for a maximum of $1,561 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $25,057 which would result in a maximum of $585 to be spent on rental costs.

Iowa Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Iowa6%7%

Iowa Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Iowa0.36%8.98%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Grinnell, IA you will want to make sure you consider both the Iowa sales tax and the Iowa 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 Iowa is 6%, with the highest surtax being 7%. 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 Iowa have a range from 0.36% to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemGrinnellNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.67$14.596.3%
Beauty Salon $27.07$34.6821.9%
Toothpaste $2.07$2.4716.3%
Shampoo $1.00$1.022.2%
Movie $8.93$9.879.5%
Bowling $4.30$4.392.1%

Groceries

ItemGrinnellNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.03$4.4810.0%
Fried Chicken $1.77$1.4620.9%
Milk $2.26$2.364.1%
Potatoes $2.42$3.0621.0%
Pizza $8.49$9.248.1%
Beer $8.37$8.633.0%

Health Care

ItemGrinnellNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $96.40$99.783.4%
Doctor $122.60$105.0316.7%
Dentist $78.13$88.7011.9%
Ibuprofen $8.89$9.415.5%
Lipitor $262.74$298.5012.0%

Housing

ItemGrinnellNational avg.Difference
Home Price $138,600.00$175,700.0021.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $956.15$1,081.0311.6%
Apartment Rent $646.00$920.0029.8%

Transportation

ItemGrinnellNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.83$2.0912.5%
Tire Balancing $44.80$45.291.1%

Utilities

ItemGrinnellNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$143.19$170.8016.2%
Phone $29.30$28.263.7%
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.
Laurel, IA36174-26%
Malcom, IA30680-20%
Gilman, IA69276-24%
Searsboro, IA16578-22%
Ferguson, IA10876-24%
Grinnell, IA9,13687-13%

Cities with similar population

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Laurens, SC9,13688-12%
Economy, PA9,13399-1%
Washington Terrace, UT9,14092-8%
Scotchtown, NY9,13212727%
Frankfort Square, IL9,1431077%
Grinnell, IA9,13687-13%
Source: The Grinnell, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.