Helena West Side 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 West SideMontanaNational
Cost of living index9598100
IndexHelena West SideMontanaNational
Goods & Services index101101100
Groceries index101101100
Health care index106106100
Housing index8897100
Transportation index9494100
Utilities index8686100

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  • The cost of living in Helena West Side is 3% lower than the Montana average.
  • The cost of living in Helena West Side is 5% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Helena West Side is 12% lower 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$62,679$5,223$1,462$1,881
Renters$14,694$1,225$343$441

Montana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Montana0%0%

Montana Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Montana1%6.9%

Goods & Services

ItemHelena West SideNational 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 West SideNational 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 West SideNational 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 West SideNational avg.Difference
Home Price $171,200.00$175,700.002.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,257.70$1,081.0316.3%
Apartment Rent $614.00$920.0033.3%

Transportation

ItemHelena West SideNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$2.094.4%
Tire Balancing $39.75$45.2912.2%

Utilities

ItemHelena West SideNational 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.
East Helena, MT2,49795-5%
Helena Valley Southeast, MT7,34099-1%
Helena, MT29,142100-0%
Helena Valley West Central, MT8,5021011%
Marysville, MT1141033%
Helena West Side, MT1,32495-5%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
McMillin, WA1,32412626%
Shandon, CA1,3231055%
Alto, TX1,32382-18%
Point Roberts, WA1,32311111%
Elmendorf, TX1,32585-15%
Helena West Side, MT1,32495-5%
Source: The Helena West Side, MT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.