Junction City 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.
IndexJunction CityKansasNational
Cost of living index8890100
IndexJunction CityKansasNational
Goods & Services index9399100
Groceries index9093100
Health care index9796100
Housing index8376100
Transportation index8689100
Utilities index8798100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Junction City, KS is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Junction City, KS enjoy a cost of living index of 88. This index is 2% lower than the Kansas average, and 12% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Junction City, KS, the average cost of goods and services is 6% lower than it is in Kansas, and it is 7% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Junction City is 2% lower than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Junction City is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Junction City is 17% lower than the national average.
  • Kansas general sales tax is 21% higher than the national average.
  • Kansas state income tax is 21% 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$57,605$4,800$1,344$1,728
Renters$38,894$3,241$907$1,167
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Junction City, KS 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 Junction City, KS homeowners, is $57,605. This would allow for a maximum of $1,344 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $38,894 which would result in a maximum of $907 to be spent on rental costs.

Kansas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Kansas6.15%9.65%

Kansas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Kansas2.7%4.6%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Junction City, KS, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Kansas, as well as the rate for income tax in Kansas. 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 Kansas is 9.65%, and the sales tax in the state of Kansas is 6.15%. 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 Kansas starts from 2.7% and goes up to 4.6%.

Goods & Services

ItemJunction CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.14$14.5910.0%
Beauty Salon $30.25$34.6812.8%
Toothpaste $2.49$2.470.7%
Shampoo $1.17$1.0214.5%
Movie $10.25$9.873.9%
Bowling $3.38$4.3923.0%

Groceries

ItemJunction CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.09$4.488.6%
Fried Chicken $1.37$1.466.4%
Milk $2.08$2.3611.7%
Potatoes $2.79$3.068.9%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $7.98$8.637.6%

Health Care

ItemJunction CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $134.50$99.7834.8%
Doctor $92.50$105.0311.9%
Dentist $81.17$88.708.5%
Ibuprofen $8.49$9.419.8%
Lipitor $317.59$298.506.4%

Housing

ItemJunction CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $133,900.00$175,700.0023.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $984.85$1,081.038.9%
Apartment Rent $905.00$920.001.6%

Transportation

ItemJunction CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.78$2.0914.9%
Tire Balancing $39.60$45.2912.6%

Utilities

ItemJunction CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$169.83$170.800.6%
Phone $19.95$28.2629.4%
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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Dwight, KS23178-22%
Ogden, KS1,98780-20%
Grandview Plaza, KS1,98981-19%
Enterprise, KS95881-19%
Detroit, KS44884-16%
Junction City, KS24,69188-12%

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Caledonia, WI24,6891022%
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Junction City, KS24,69188-12%
Source: The Junction City, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.