Harvey 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.
IndexHarveyIllinoisNational
Cost of living index9299100
IndexHarveyIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index10698100
Groceries index10899100
Health care index100101100
Housing index5999100
Transportation index11297100
Utilities index104101100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Harvey, IL cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Illinois and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Harvey, IL is 92, which is 7% lower than the Illinois average and 8% 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 Harvey, IL are 8% higher than the average for Illinois and 6% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Harvey is 7% lower than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Harvey is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Harvey is 41% lower 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$41,679$3,473$972$1,250
Renters$13,706$1,142$320$411
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 Harvey, 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. Harvey, IL has a median income of about $41,679 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $972 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $13,706. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $320 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%
The Illinois sales tax and Illinois income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Harvey, IL. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Illinois sales tax is 6.25% and the maximum surtax is 9.75%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Illinois income tax rates range from 3.75% to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemHarveyNational 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

ItemHarveyNational 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

ItemHarveyNational 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

ItemHarveyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $81,000.00$175,700.0053.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,500.61$1,081.0338.8%
Apartment Rent $822.00$920.0010.7%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemHarveyNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Dixmoor, IL3,63587-13%
Hodgkins, IL2,18588-12%
Ford Heights, IL2,77786-14%
East Chicago, IN29,38791-9%
Robbins, IL5,22191-9%
Harvey, IL25,22592-8%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Freeport, IL25,22583-17%
Bloomington, CA25,2281088%
Ossining, NY25,23214646%
Westmont, IL25,23611717%
Huntley, IL25,20011010%
Harvey, IL25,22592-8%
Source: The Harvey, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.