Howell 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.
IndexHowellMichiganNational
Cost of living index8989100
IndexHowellMichiganNational
Goods & Services index9695100
Groceries index9092100
Health care index9996100
Housing index7373100
Transportation index9897100
Utilities index105100100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Howell, MI is shown above. Compared to the state average of Michigan the cost of living index in Howell, MI is 89, which is 1% higher than the average in Michigan and compared to the national average it is 11% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Howell, MI goods and services come in at 1% higher than the average in Michigan and are 4% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Howell is 1% higher than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Howell is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Howell is 27% lower than the national average.
  • Michigan general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Michigan state income tax is 91% 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$56,714$4,726$1,323$1,702
Renters$27,181$2,265$634$816
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Howell, MI by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Howell, MI have a median income of $56,714. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,323 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $27,181, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $634.

Michigan Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Michigan6%6%

Michigan Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Michigan4.25%4.25%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Howell, MI you will want to make sure you consider both the Michigan sales tax and the Michigan income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Michigan is 6%, with the highest surtax being 6%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Michigan have a range from 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemHowellNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.10$14.5910.3%
Beauty Salon $48.30$34.6839.3%
Toothpaste $1.94$2.4721.6%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0212.9%
Movie $9.93$9.870.6%
Bowling $3.41$4.3922.4%

Groceries

ItemHowellNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.26$4.484.8%
Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4618.7%
Milk $1.97$2.3616.4%
Potatoes $2.74$3.0610.5%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $8.39$8.632.8%

Health Care

ItemHowellNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.50$99.7818.3%
Doctor $106.00$105.030.9%
Dentist $89.30$88.700.7%
Ibuprofen $8.22$9.4112.7%
Lipitor $309.77$298.503.8%

Housing

ItemHowellNational avg.Difference
Home Price $120,200.00$175,700.0031.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $927.72$1,081.0314.2%
Apartment Rent $759.00$920.0017.5%

Transportation

ItemHowellNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.95$2.096.9%
Tire Balancing $50.92$45.2912.4%

Utilities

ItemHowellNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$178.99$170.804.8%
Phone $29.99$28.266.1%
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.
Webberville, MI1,18685-15%
Stockbridge, MI1,11186-14%
Fenton, MI11,60187-13%
Fowlerville, MI2,92988-12%
Linden, MI3,91990-10%
Howell, MI9,54389-11%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Warren, PA9,54380-20%
Redlands, CO9,54611313%
Lake Monticello, VA9,54711111%
Edgewood, WA9,53812121%
Sumner, WA9,54811212%
Howell, MI9,54389-11%
Source: The Howell, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.