Helena Valley Southeast 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.
IndexHelena Valley SoutheastMontanaNational
Cost of living index9998100
IndexHelena Valley SoutheastMontanaNational
Goods & Services index101101100
Groceries index101101100
Health care index106106100
Housing index10297100
Transportation index9494100
Utilities index8686100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Helena Valley Southeast, MT cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Montana and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Helena Valley Southeast, MT is 99, which is 1% higher than the Montana average and 1% 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 Helena Valley Southeast, MT are equal to the average for Montana and 1% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Helena Valley Southeast is 1% higher than the Montana average.
  • The cost of living in Helena Valley Southeast is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Helena Valley Southeast is 2% higher than the national average.
  • Montana general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Montana state income tax is 55% 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$54,063$4,505$1,261$1,622
Renters$55,667$4,639$1,299$1,670
The affordability of the housing market in Helena Valley Southeast, MT 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 Helena Valley Southeast, MT homeowners, the median income is $54,063. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,261 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $55,667. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,299 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Montana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Montana0%0%

Montana Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Montana1%6.9%
For those who live in Helena Valley Southeast, MT and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Montana income tax rate and the Montana 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 Montana, the sales tax is 0%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 0%. 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 Montana, the income tax rate ranges between 1% to 6.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemHelena Valley SoutheastNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.33$14.598.7%
Beauty Salon $39.00$34.6812.5%
Toothpaste $2.83$2.4714.4%
Shampoo $1.08$1.025.7%
Movie $10.25$9.873.9%
Bowling $3.75$4.3914.6%

Groceries

ItemHelena Valley SoutheastNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.79$4.4815.3%
Fried Chicken $1.62$1.4610.7%
Milk $2.36$2.360.1%
Potatoes $3.49$3.0614.0%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $8.86$8.632.6%

Health Care

ItemHelena Valley SoutheastNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $106.20$99.786.4%
Doctor $126.50$105.0320.4%
Dentist $84.33$88.704.9%
Ibuprofen $10.99$9.4116.8%
Lipitor $301.41$298.501.0%

Housing

ItemHelena Valley SoutheastNational avg.Difference
Home Price $175,100.00$175,700.000.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,257.70$1,081.0316.3%
Apartment Rent $983.00$920.006.8%

Transportation

ItemHelena Valley SoutheastNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$2.094.4%
Tire Balancing $39.75$45.2912.2%

Utilities

ItemHelena Valley SoutheastNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$150.35$170.8012.0%
Phone $23.35$28.2617.4%
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.
Winston, MT098-2%
East Helena, MT2,49795-5%
Helena West Side, MT1,32495-5%
Helena, MT29,142100-0%
Helena Valley West Central, MT8,5021011%
Helena Valley Southeast, MT7,34099-1%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Sappington, MO7,3421011%
Wedgefield, FL7,3371077%
Ville Platte, LA7,33679-21%
Nuevo, CA7,34511414%
Canal Winchester, OH7,33492-8%
Helena Valley Southeast, MT7,34099-1%
Source: The Helena Valley Southeast, MT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.