Le Mars 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 MarsIowaNational
Cost of living index8888100
IndexLe MarsIowaNational
Goods & Services index9593100
Groceries index9595100
Health care index10296100
Housing index7173100
Transportation index9697100
Utilities index9199100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Le Mars, IA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Iowa the cost of living index in Le Mars, IA is 88, which is 1% lower than the average in Iowa and compared to the national average it is 12% 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 Le Mars, IA goods and services come in at 2% higher than the average in Iowa and are 5% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Le Mars is 1% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Le Mars is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Le Mars is 29% lower 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$62,375$5,198$1,455$1,871
Renters$29,375$2,448$685$881
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Le Mars, IA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Le Mars, IA, the median monthly income is $62,375 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,455 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $29,375, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $685 on monthly rental expenses.

Iowa Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Iowa6%7%

Iowa Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Iowa0.36%8.98%
For those who live in Le Mars, IA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Iowa income tax rate and the Iowa 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 Iowa, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7%. 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 Iowa, the income tax rate ranges between 0.36% to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemLe MarsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.83$14.598.5%
Beauty Salon $28.50$34.6817.8%
Toothpaste $2.36$2.474.6%
Shampoo $0.90$1.0211.9%
Movie $9.79$9.870.8%
Bowling $3.61$4.3917.8%

Groceries

ItemLe MarsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.53$4.481.2%
Fried Chicken $1.47$1.460.4%
Milk $2.33$2.361.1%
Potatoes $2.80$3.068.5%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $7.90$8.638.5%

Health Care

ItemLe MarsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.40$99.782.6%
Doctor $136.00$105.0329.5%
Dentist $73.25$88.7017.4%
Ibuprofen $9.30$9.411.2%
Lipitor $306.52$298.502.7%

Housing

ItemLe MarsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $130,500.00$175,700.0025.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $887.51$1,081.0317.9%
Apartment Rent $570.00$920.0038.0%

Transportation

ItemLe MarsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.92$2.098.0%
Tire Balancing $47.97$45.295.9%

Utilities

ItemLe MarsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$157.32$170.807.9%
Phone $24.99$28.2611.6%
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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Craig, IA5279-21%
Struble, IA6280-20%
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Le Mars, IA9,78388-12%

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Le Mars, IA9,78388-12%
Source: The Le Mars, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.