Le Claire 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.
IndexLe ClaireIowaNational
Cost of living index10189100
IndexLe ClaireIowaNational
Goods & Services index9495100
Groceries index10695100
Health care index9798100
Housing index10873100
Transportation index9797100
Utilities index9896100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Le Claire, IA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Le Claire, IA enjoy a cost of living index of 101. This index is 13% higher than the Iowa average, and 1% 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 Le Claire, IA, the average cost of goods and services is 1% lower than it is in Iowa, and it is 6% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Le Claire is 13% higher than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Le Claire is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Le Claire is 8% higher 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$79,583$6,632$1,857$2,388
Renters$50,625$4,219$1,181$1,519
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Le Claire, IA 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 Le Claire, IA have a median income of $79,583. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,857 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $50,625, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,181.

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 Le Claire, 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

ItemLe ClaireNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.70$15.5612.0%
Beauty Salon $22.83$36.1136.8%
Toothpaste $2.63$2.476.2%
Shampoo $1.32$0.9636.4%
Movie $10.49$10.133.6%
Bowling $5.00$4.745.6%

Groceries

ItemLe ClaireNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.15$3.984.1%
Fried Chicken $1.51$1.417.3%
Milk $2.66$2.0628.9%
Potatoes $3.47$2.9816.4%
Pizza $8.69$9.478.3%
Beer $8.35$8.795.0%

Health Care

ItemLe ClaireNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $96.13$101.044.9%
Doctor $126.39$107.4417.6%
Dentist $75.69$90.4216.3%
Ibuprofen $9.29$9.280.1%
Lipitor $407.67$426.504.4%

Housing

ItemLe ClaireNational avg.Difference
Home Price $204,600.00$175,700.0016.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,111.11$1,133.232.0%
Apartment Rent $804.00$920.0012.6%

Transportation

ItemLe ClaireNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.94$1.992.7%
Tire Balancing $43.33$45.765.3%

Utilities

ItemLe ClaireNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$140.29$163.8114.4%
Phone $32.99$28.3916.2%
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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Oak Grove, IL75676-24%
Cleveland, IL13783-17%
Hillsdale, IL50784-16%
Panorama Park, IA11085-15%
Milan, IL5,12285-15%
Le Claire, IA3,8461011%

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Le Claire, IA3,8461011%
Source: The Le Claire, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.