Independence 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.
IndexIndependenceOregonNational
Cost of living index106117100
IndexIndependenceOregonNational
Goods & Services index122122100
Groceries index116116100
Health care index114114100
Housing index86122100
Transportation index111111100
Utilities index8989100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Independence, OR cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Independence, OR is 106, which is 9% lower than the Oregon average and 6% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Independence, OR are equal to the Oregon average and 22% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Independence is 9% lower than the Oregon average.
  • The cost of living in Independence is 6% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Independence is 14% lower than the national average.
  • Oregon general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Oregon state income tax is 125% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Independence, OR to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Independence, OR, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Independence, OR salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$52,620$4,385$1,228$1,579
Renters$18,903$1,575$441$567
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Independence, OR as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Independence, OR homeowners, is $52,620. This would allow for a maximum of $1,228 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $18,903 which would result in a maximum of $441 to be spent on rental costs.

Oregon Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Oregon0%0%

Oregon Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Oregon5%9.9%
For those who live in Independence, OR and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Oregon income tax rate and the Oregon 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 Oregon, 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 Oregon, the income tax rate ranges between 5% to 9.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemIndependenceNational avg.Difference
Haircut $25.20$14.5972.7%
Beauty Salon $46.60$34.6834.4%
Toothpaste $3.42$2.4738.3%
Shampoo $1.72$1.0268.3%
Movie $10.15$9.872.9%
Bowling $3.45$4.3921.4%

Groceries

ItemIndependenceNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.65$4.483.9%
Fried Chicken $2.69$1.4683.7%
Milk $1.97$2.3616.4%
Potatoes $2.73$3.0610.8%
Pizza $11.00$9.2419.0%
Beer $8.85$8.632.5%

Health Care

ItemIndependenceNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $124.50$99.7824.8%
Doctor $131.85$105.0325.5%
Dentist $101.00$88.7013.9%
Ibuprofen $14.45$9.4153.5%
Lipitor $251.31$298.5015.8%

Housing

ItemIndependenceNational avg.Difference
Home Price $150,400.00$175,700.0014.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,517.59$1,081.0340.4%
Apartment Rent $806.00$920.0012.4%

Transportation

ItemIndependenceNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.30$2.099.9%
Tire Balancing $52.33$45.2915.6%

Utilities

ItemIndependenceNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$151.02$170.8011.6%
Phone $25.01$28.2611.5%
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.
Kings Valley, OR5711414%
Eola, OR011414%
Rickreall, OR4411414%
Brooks, OR99796-4%
Marion, OR17599-1%
Independence, OR8,6541066%

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Alexandria, KY8,65491-9%
Half Moon, NC8,65598-2%
Harwood Heights, IL8,65611515%
Trinidad, CO8,65785-15%
Thief River Falls, MN8,66286-14%
Independence, OR8,6541066%
Source: The Independence, OR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.