Lawrence 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.
IndexLawrenceKansasNational
Cost of living index9790100
IndexLawrenceKansasNational
Goods & Services index9896100
Groceries index9893100
Health care index9097100
Housing index9976100
Transportation index8593100
Utilities index10398100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Lawrence, KS is shown above. Compared to the state average of Kansas the cost of living index in Lawrence, KS is 97, which is 8% higher than the average in Kansas and compared to the national average it is 3% lower 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 Lawrence, KS goods and services come in at 2% higher than the average in Kansas and are 2% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Lawrence is 8% higher than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Lawrence is 3% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lawrence is 1% lower than the national average.
  • Kansas general sales tax is 21% higher than the national average.
  • Kansas state income tax is 21% 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$76,139$6,345$1,776$2,284
Renters$28,296$2,358$660$849
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Lawrence, KS 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 Lawrence, KS homeowners, is $76,139. This would allow for a maximum of $1,776 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $28,296 which would result in a maximum of $660 to be spent on rental costs.

Kansas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Kansas6.15%9.65%

Kansas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Kansas2.7%4.6%
For those who live in Lawrence, KS and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Kansas income tax rate and the Kansas sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Kansas, the sales tax is 6.15%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 9.65%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Kansas, the income tax rate ranges between 2.7% to 4.6%.

Goods & Services

ItemLawrenceNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.95$15.564.0%
Beauty Salon $26.96$36.1125.3%
Toothpaste $2.49$2.470.7%
Shampoo $0.90$0.966.4%
Movie $10.44$10.133.1%
Bowling $4.95$4.744.5%

Groceries

ItemLawrenceNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.67$3.987.9%
Fried Chicken $2.04$1.4145.2%
Milk $1.80$2.0612.9%
Potatoes $2.48$2.9816.9%
Pizza $9.42$9.470.6%
Beer $8.50$8.793.3%

Health Care

ItemLawrenceNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $124.13$101.0422.8%
Doctor $88.46$107.4417.7%
Dentist $77.02$90.4214.8%
Ibuprofen $8.73$9.286.0%
Lipitor $406.56$426.504.7%

Housing

ItemLawrenceNational avg.Difference
Home Price $177,900.00$175,700.001.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $885.08$1,133.2321.9%
Apartment Rent $852.00$920.007.4%

Transportation

ItemLawrenceNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.76$1.9911.6%
Tire Balancing $36.04$45.7621.2%

Utilities

ItemLawrenceNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$151.84$163.817.3%
Phone $33.33$28.3917.4%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Linwood, KS38184-16%
Perry, KS96185-15%
Lecompton, KS64286-14%
Edgerton, KS1,57392-8%
Tonganoxie, KS4,80293-7%
Lawrence, KS90,19497-3%

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Miami Beach, FL90,66912424%
Santa Barbara, CA89,66919393%
Lawrence, KS90,19497-3%
Source: The Lawrence, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.