Las Vegas 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.
IndexLas VegasNevadaNational
Cost of living index104105100
IndexLas VegasNevadaNational
Goods & Services index108110100
Groceries index113111100
Health care index106103100
Housing index9699100
Transportation index116111100
Utilities index9294100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Las Vegas, NV is shown above. Compared to the state average of Nevada the cost of living index in Las Vegas, NV is 104, which is 1% lower than the average in Nevada and compared to the national average it is 4% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Las Vegas, NV goods and services come in at 2% lower than the average in Nevada and are 8% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Las Vegas is 1% lower than the Nevada average.
  • The cost of living in Las Vegas is 4% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Las Vegas is 4% lower than the national average.
  • Nevada general sales tax is 35% higher than the national average.
  • Nevada state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Las Vegas, NV to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Las Vegas, NV, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Las Vegas, NV salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$67,183$5,599$1,567$2,016
Renters$36,332$3,028$848$1,090
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Las Vegas, NV 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 Las Vegas, NV have a median income of $67,183. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,567 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $36,332, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $848.

Nevada Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Nevada6.85%8.1%

Nevada Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Nevada0%0%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Las Vegas, NV, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Nevada, as well as the rate for income tax in Nevada. 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 Nevada is 8.1%, and the sales tax in the state of Nevada is 6.85%. 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 Nevada starts from 0% and goes up to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemLas VegasNational avg.Difference
Haircut $21.50$14.5947.3%
Beauty Salon $47.88$34.6838.1%
Toothpaste $3.12$2.4726.2%
Shampoo $1.05$1.022.7%
Movie $11.13$9.8712.8%
Bowling $3.53$4.3919.6%

Groceries

ItemLas VegasNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.96$4.4811.5%
Fried Chicken $1.69$1.4615.4%
Milk $2.18$2.367.5%
Potatoes $2.79$3.068.9%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.49$8.639.9%

Health Care

ItemLas VegasNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $99.38$99.780.4%
Doctor $122.14$105.0316.3%
Dentist $93.57$88.705.5%
Ibuprofen $12.16$9.4129.2%
Lipitor $260.34$298.5012.8%

Housing

ItemLas VegasNational avg.Difference
Home Price $161,600.00$175,700.008.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,210.98$1,081.0312.0%
Apartment Rent $983.00$920.006.8%

Transportation

ItemLas VegasNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.38$2.0913.8%
Tire Balancing $55.00$45.2921.5%

Utilities

ItemLas VegasNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$187.53$170.809.8%
Phone $18.80$28.2633.5%
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.
Nellis AFB, NV3,62095-5%
Sunrise Manor, NV187,64795-5%
Winchester, NV28,11197-3%
Whitney, NV39,45898-2%
Paradise, NV223,1821022%
Las Vegas, NV597,3531044%

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Milwaukee, WI598,07892-8%
Oklahoma City, OK600,72988-12%
Portland, OR602,56812323%
Louisville, KY605,76293-7%
Baltimore, MD622,27196-4%
Las Vegas, NV597,3531044%
Source: The Las Vegas, NV cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.