Lake Forest 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.
IndexLake ForestIllinoisNational
Cost of living index18999100
IndexLake ForestIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index10698100
Groceries index10899100
Health care index100101100
Housing index38199100
Transportation index11297100
Utilities index104101100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Lake Forest, IL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Lake Forest, IL enjoy a cost of living index of 189. This index is 91% higher than the Illinois average, and 89% higher 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 Lake Forest, IL, the average cost of goods and services is 8% higher than it is in Illinois, and it is 6% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Lake Forest is 91% higher than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Lake Forest is 89% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lake Forest is 281% 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)
Owners$168,924$14,077$3,941$5,068
Renters$93,292$7,774$2,177$2,799
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 Lake Forest, IL, 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. Lake Forest, IL has a median income of about $168,924 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $3,941 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $93,292. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $2,177 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Illinois Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Illinois6.25%9.75%

Illinois Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Illinois3.75%3.75%
The Illinois sales tax and Illinois income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Lake Forest, IL. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Illinois sales tax is 6.25% and the maximum surtax is 9.75%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Illinois income tax rates range from 3.75% to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemLake ForestNational 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%

Groceries

ItemLake ForestNational 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

ItemLake ForestNational 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%

Housing

ItemLake ForestNational avg.Difference
Home Price $833,200.00$175,700.00374.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,500.61$1,081.0338.8%
Apartment Rent $1,517.00$920.0064.9%

Transportation

ItemLake ForestNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.29$2.099.5%
Tire Balancing $53.31$45.2917.7%

Utilities

ItemLake ForestNational 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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Park City, IL7,55185-15%
Waukegan, IL88,67199-1%
North Chicago, IL30,76099-1%
Round Lake Beach, IL28,048100-0%
Round Lake Park, IL7,7581022%
Lake Forest, IL18,91418989%

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Lake Forest, IL18,91418989%
Source: The Lake Forest, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.