Keokuk 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.
IndexKeokukIowaNational
Cost of living index7888100
IndexKeokukIowaNational
Goods & Services index9093100
Groceries index9595100
Health care index9496100
Housing index4473100
Transportation index9197100
Utilities index10299100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Keokuk, IA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Keokuk, IA enjoy a cost of living index of 78. This index is 12% lower than the Iowa average, and 22% 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 Keokuk, IA, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in Iowa, and it is 10% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Keokuk is 12% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Keokuk is 22% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Keokuk is 56% 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$44,017$3,668$1,027$1,321
Renters$19,766$1,647$461$593
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Keokuk, IA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Keokuk, IA has a median income of about $44,017 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,027 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $19,766. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $461 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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 Keokuk, 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

ItemKeokukNational avg.Difference
Haircut $10.00$14.5931.5%
Beauty Salon $26.00$34.6825.0%
Toothpaste $1.96$2.4720.8%
Shampoo $0.88$1.0213.9%
Movie $8.25$9.8716.4%
Bowling $4.00$4.398.9%

Groceries

ItemKeokukNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.73$4.485.7%
Fried Chicken $1.44$1.461.6%
Milk $2.32$2.361.6%
Potatoes $2.01$3.0634.3%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $7.78$8.639.9%

Health Care

ItemKeokukNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $78.00$99.7821.8%
Doctor $121.00$105.0315.2%
Dentist $69.00$88.7022.2%
Ibuprofen $9.32$9.411.0%
Lipitor $286.58$298.504.0%

Housing

ItemKeokukNational avg.Difference
Home Price $65,400.00$175,700.0062.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $891.84$1,081.0317.5%
Apartment Rent $545.00$920.0040.8%

Transportation

ItemKeokukNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.96$2.096.3%
Tire Balancing $37.47$45.2917.3%

Utilities

ItemKeokukNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$185.34$170.808.5%
Phone $26.03$28.267.9%
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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St. Francisville, MO9471-29%
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West Point, IL22272-28%
Alexandria, MO13673-27%
Revere, MO6173-27%
Keokuk, IA10,74278-22%

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Keokuk, IA10,74278-22%
Source: The Keokuk, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.