Ionia 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.
IndexIoniaMichiganNational
Cost of living index8589100
IndexIoniaMichiganNational
Goods & Services index10195100
Groceries index9492100
Health care index9596100
Housing index5473100
Transportation index9797100
Utilities index96100100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Ionia, MI is shown above. Compared to the state average of Michigan the cost of living index in Ionia, MI is 85, which is 5% lower than the average in Michigan and compared to the national average it is 15% 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 Ionia, MI goods and services come in at 6% higher than the average in Michigan and are 1% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Ionia is 5% lower than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Ionia is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Ionia is 46% 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Ionia, MI to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Ionia, MI, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Ionia, MI salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$47,589$3,966$1,110$1,428
Renters$19,885$1,657$464$597
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Ionia, MI, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Ionia, MI, the median monthly income is $47,589 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,110 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $19,885, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $464 on monthly rental expenses.

Michigan Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Michigan6%6%

Michigan Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Michigan4.25%4.25%
For those who live in Ionia, MI and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Michigan income tax rate and the Michigan 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 Michigan, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 6%. 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 Michigan, the income tax rate ranges between 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemIoniaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.00$14.599.6%
Beauty Salon $35.00$34.680.9%
Toothpaste $1.72$2.4730.5%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $10.15$9.872.9%
Bowling $4.27$4.392.8%

Groceries

ItemIoniaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4618.7%
Milk $2.45$2.364.0%
Potatoes $2.82$3.067.9%
Pizza $8.96$9.243.1%
Beer $9.04$8.634.7%

Health Care

ItemIoniaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.50$99.7815.3%
Doctor $94.00$105.0310.5%
Dentist $79.67$88.7010.2%
Ibuprofen $8.48$9.419.9%
Lipitor $342.99$298.5014.9%

Housing

ItemIoniaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $82,500.00$175,700.0053.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $849.65$1,081.0321.4%
Apartment Rent $653.00$920.0029.0%

Transportation

ItemIoniaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.95$2.096.8%
Tire Balancing $48.00$45.296.0%

Utilities

ItemIoniaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.83$170.806.4%
Phone $27.99$28.260.9%
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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Muir, MI58282-18%
Carson City, MI1,08082-18%
Hubbardston, MI32183-17%
Belding, MI5,76484-16%
Lyons, MI94384-16%
Ionia, MI11,38885-15%

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Ionia, MI11,38885-15%
Source: The Ionia, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.