Highland Park 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.
IndexHighland ParkIllinoisNational
Cost of living index15298100
IndexHighland ParkIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index10897100
Groceries index10897100
Health care index103100100
Housing index25299100
Transportation index126104100
Utilities index9595100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Highland Park, IL is displayed above. In Highland Park, IL, the overall cost of living index is 152, which is 55% higher than the Illinois average and 52% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Highland Park, IL, the city's goods and services are 12% higher than the Illinois average and 8% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Highland Park is 55% higher than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Highland Park is 52% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Highland Park is 152% higher 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$134,805$11,234$3,145$4,045
Renters$46,515$3,876$1,085$1,396
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 Highland Park, 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. Highland Park, IL has a median income of about $134,805 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $3,145 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $46,515. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,085 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%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Highland Park, IL, the Illinois income tax and the Illinois sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Illinois maximum surtax is 9.75%, and the Illinois sales tax is 6.25%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 3.75% to 3.75% in Illinois.

Goods & Services

ItemHighland ParkNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.44$15.5612.1%
Beauty Salon $55.00$36.1152.3%
Toothpaste $2.68$2.478.3%
Shampoo $1.00$0.963.6%
Movie $13.20$10.1330.3%
Bowling $8.00$4.7468.9%

Groceries

ItemHighland ParkNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.57$3.9814.6%
Fried Chicken $1.67$1.4118.4%
Milk $1.94$2.065.8%
Potatoes $3.51$2.9817.6%
Pizza $9.99$9.475.5%
Beer $8.73$8.790.7%

Health Care

ItemHighland ParkNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $95.00$101.046.0%
Doctor $99.17$107.447.7%
Dentist $101.11$90.4211.8%
Ibuprofen $9.80$9.285.6%
Lipitor $421.75$426.501.1%

Housing

ItemHighland ParkNational avg.Difference
Home Price $511,500.00$175,700.00191.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,611.36$1,133.2342.2%
Apartment Rent $1,490.00$920.0062.0%

Transportation

ItemHighland ParkNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.57$1.9928.9%
Tire Balancing $54.44$45.7619.0%

Utilities

ItemHighland ParkNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$150.85$163.817.9%
Phone $28.44$28.390.2%
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.

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Round Lake Park, IL7,7581044%
Highland Park, IL29,81915252%

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Source: The Highland Park, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.