Kaukauna 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.
IndexKaukaunaWisconsinNational
Cost of living index9398100
IndexKaukaunaWisconsinNational
Goods & Services index97100100
Groceries index91100100
Health care index107112100
Housing index7991100
Transportation index10399100
Utilities index111102100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Kaukauna, WI is displayed above. In Kaukauna, WI, the overall cost of living index is 93, which is 5% lower than the Wisconsin average and 7% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Kaukauna, WI, the city's goods and services are 3% lower than the Wisconsin average and 3% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Kaukauna is 5% lower than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in Kaukauna is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Kaukauna is 21% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 98% 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$66,222$5,519$1,545$1,987
Renters$30,304$2,525$707$909
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Kaukauna, WI 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 Kaukauna, WI have a median income of $66,222. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,545 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $30,304, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $707.

Wisconsin Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Wisconsin5%5.6%

Wisconsin Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Wisconsin4.4%7.65%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Kaukauna, WI, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Wisconsin, as well as the rate for income tax in Wisconsin. 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 Wisconsin is 5.6%, and the sales tax in the state of Wisconsin is 5%. 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 Wisconsin starts from 4.4% and goes up to 7.65%.

Goods & Services

ItemKaukaunaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $10.00$14.5931.5%
Beauty Salon $25.38$34.6826.8%
Toothpaste $1.86$2.4724.8%
Shampoo $0.81$1.0220.7%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $2.60$4.3940.8%

Groceries

ItemKaukaunaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.26$4.484.8%
Fried Chicken $1.57$1.467.2%
Milk $2.32$2.361.6%
Potatoes $1.83$3.0640.2%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $7.41$8.6314.2%

Health Care

ItemKaukaunaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $61.25$99.7838.6%
Doctor $138.88$105.0332.2%
Dentist $85.52$88.703.6%
Ibuprofen $9.22$9.412.0%
Lipitor $320.38$298.507.3%

Housing

ItemKaukaunaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $137,200.00$175,700.0021.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $907.91$1,081.0316.0%
Apartment Rent $732.00$920.0020.4%

Transportation

ItemKaukaunaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.01$2.093.9%
Tire Balancing $56.00$45.2923.7%

Utilities

ItemKaukaunaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$169.27$170.800.9%
Phone $35.98$28.2627.3%
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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Hilbert, WI1,04887-13%
Collins, WI17889-11%
Forest Junction, WI63590-10%
Menasha, WI17,53593-7%
Brillion, WI3,18390-10%
Kaukauna, WI15,64993-7%

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Source: The Kaukauna, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.