Central 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.
IndexCentralHelenaMontana
Cost of living index999997
IndexCentralHelenaMontana
Goods & Services index101101101
Groceries index102102102
Health care index103103103
Housing index10310499
Transportation index959595
Utilities index777777

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  • The cost of living in Central is 1% higher than the Helena average.
  • The cost of living in Central is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Central is 3% 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)
Household$53,432$4,453$1,247$1,603

Montana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Montana0%0%

Montana Income Tax

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

Goods & Services

ItemHelenaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.52$16.093.5%
Beauty Salon $37.52$37.330.5%
Toothpaste $2.57$2.455.1%
Shampoo $0.97$1.002.7%
Movie $10.53$10.282.5%
Bowling $3.92$4.9320.6%

Groceries

ItemHelenaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.88$3.802.1%
Fried Chicken $1.54$1.4010.5%
Milk $1.94$2.013.5%
Potatoes $4.28$3.0142.3%
Pizza $10.00$9.891.2%
Beer $8.68$8.902.4%

Health Care

ItemHelenaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.93$102.1616.9%
Doctor $133.00$108.3622.7%
Dentist $84.00$92.539.2%
Ibuprofen $9.71$9.284.7%
Lipitor $433.64$425.821.8%

Housing

ItemHelenaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $209,500.00$184,700.0013.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,334.85$1,202.4411.0%
Apartment Rent $784.00$949.0017.4%

Transportation

ItemHelenaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.30$2.242.7%
Tire Balancing $37.26$46.2919.5%

Utilities

ItemHelenaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$139.05$165.9616.2%
Phone $20.00$28.6830.3%
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.
East Helena, MT2,28694-6%
Helena Valley Southeast, MT7,54396-4%
Helena West Side, MT1,24298-2%
Helena Valley West Central, MT8,7531000%
Marysville, MT921033%
Helena, MT30,10299-1%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Myrtle Beach, SC30,10699-1%
Orcutt, CA30,10913333%
Burlingame, CA30,118270170%
Holly Springs, NC30,12611111%
Lawrenceville, GA30,12795-5%
Helena, MT30,10299-1%
Source: The Central, Helena, MT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.