Jefferson 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.
IndexJeffersonIowaNational
Cost of living index8189100
IndexJeffersonIowaNational
Goods & Services index9295100
Groceries index9395100
Health care index9798100
Housing index5473100
Transportation index10597100
Utilities index8196100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Jefferson, IA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Iowa the cost of living index in Jefferson, IA is 81, which is 9% lower than the average in Iowa and compared to the national average it is 19% 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 Jefferson, IA goods and services come in at 3% lower than the average in Iowa and are 8% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Jefferson is 9% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Jefferson is 19% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Jefferson is 46% lower than the national average.
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Iowa state income tax is 84% 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)
Owners$53,646$4,471$1,252$1,610
Renters$20,313$1,693$474$609
The affordability of the housing market in Jefferson, IA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Jefferson, IA homeowners, the median income is $53,646. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,252 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $20,313. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $474 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Iowa Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Iowa6%7%

Iowa Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Iowa0.36%8.98%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Jefferson, IA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Iowa, as well as the rate for income tax in Iowa. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Iowa is 7%, and the sales tax in the state of Iowa is 6%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Iowa starts from 0.36% and goes up to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemJeffersonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.67$15.567.1%
Beauty Salon $28.94$36.1119.8%
Toothpaste $1.68$2.4732.1%
Shampoo $0.92$0.964.3%
Movie $9.00$10.1311.1%
Bowling $5.00$4.745.6%

Groceries

ItemJeffersonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.27$3.9817.9%
Fried Chicken $1.81$1.4128.9%
Milk $1.88$2.069.1%
Potatoes $2.28$2.9823.4%
Pizza $8.51$9.4710.1%
Beer $8.28$8.795.8%

Health Care

ItemJeffersonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $87.00$101.0413.9%
Doctor $104.33$107.442.9%
Dentist $83.33$90.427.8%
Ibuprofen $9.40$9.281.3%
Lipitor $452.67$426.506.1%

Housing

ItemJeffersonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $85,600.00$175,700.0051.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,114.01$1,133.231.7%
Apartment Rent $608.00$920.0033.9%

Transportation

ItemJeffersonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$1.990.1%
Tire Balancing $53.33$45.7616.5%

Utilities

ItemJeffersonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$136.46$163.8116.7%
Phone $22.40$28.3921.1%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Ralston, IA8473-27%
Dana, IA7273-27%
Bagley, IA41974-26%
Boxholm, IA23875-25%
Paton, IA29475-25%
Jefferson, IA4,29681-19%

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