La Grange 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.
IndexLa GrangeIllinoisNational
Cost of living index13699100
IndexLa GrangeIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index10698100
Groceries index10899100
Health care index100101100
Housing index20499100
Transportation index11297100
Utilities index104101100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the La Grange, IL cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Illinois and cities across the country, the cost of living index in La Grange, IL is 136, which is 37% higher than the Illinois average and 36% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in La Grange, IL are 8% higher than the average for Illinois and 6% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in La Grange is 37% higher than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in La Grange is 36% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in La Grange is 104% higher than the national average.
  • Illinois general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average.
  • Illinois state income tax is 69% 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)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in La Grange, IL 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 La Grange, IL homeowners, is $113,500. This would allow for a maximum of $2,648 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $55,907 which would result in a maximum of $1,304 to be spent on rental costs.

Illinois Sales Tax

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Illinois Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in La Grange, IL, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Illinois, as well as the rate for income tax in Illinois. 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 Illinois is 9.75%, and the sales tax in the state of Illinois is 6.25%. 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 Illinois starts from 3.75% and goes up to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemLa GrangeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $45.00$34.6829.8%
Toothpaste $2.34$2.475.4%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $13.75$9.8739.3%
Bowling $5.00$4.3913.9%


ItemLa GrangeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.37$4.4820.0%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.463.0%
Milk $1.74$2.3626.2%
Potatoes $2.50$3.0618.3%
Pizza $10.99$9.2418.9%
Beer $14.25$8.6365.1%

Health Care

ItemLa GrangeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $95.00$99.784.8%
Doctor $100.00$105.034.8%
Dentist $100.00$88.7012.7%
Ibuprofen $9.24$9.411.8%
Lipitor $262.00$298.5012.2%


ItemLa GrangeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $424,900.00$175,700.00141.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,500.61$1,081.0338.8%
Apartment Rent $1,078.00$920.0017.2%


ItemLa GrangeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.29$2.099.5%
Tire Balancing $53.31$45.2917.7%


ItemLa GrangeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$173.99$170.801.9%
Phone $30.05$28.266.3%
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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Dixmoor, IL3,63587-13%
Hodgkins, IL2,18588-12%
Robbins, IL5,22191-9%
Harvey, IL25,22592-8%
Phoenix, IL2,14392-8%
La Grange, IL15,67513636%

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La Grange, IL15,67513636%
Source: The La Grange, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.