Lemont 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.
IndexLemontIllinoisNational
Cost of living index11998100
IndexLemontIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index9697100
Groceries index10197100
Health care index107100100
Housing index16599100
Transportation index115104100
Utilities index8895100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Lemont, IL is displayed above. In Lemont, IL, the overall cost of living index is 119, which is 21% higher than the Illinois average and 19% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Lemont, IL, the city's goods and services are 1% lower than the Illinois average and 4% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Lemont is 21% higher than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Lemont is 19% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lemont is 65% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Lemont, IL to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Lemont, IL, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Lemont, IL salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$95,625$7,969$2,231$2,869
Renters$27,476$2,290$641$824
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 Lemont, 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. Lemont, IL has a median income of about $95,625 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,231 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $27,476. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $641 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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Lemont, IL is the Illinois sales tax and Illinois income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Illinois sales tax rate is 6.25% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 9.75%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Illinois income tax rates range from 3.75% to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemLemontNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.46$15.565.8%
Beauty Salon $38.52$36.116.7%
Toothpaste $3.27$2.4732.1%
Shampoo $0.96$0.960.9%
Movie $9.71$10.134.1%
Bowling $3.86$4.7418.5%

Groceries

ItemLemontNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.22$3.985.9%
Fried Chicken $1.29$1.418.3%
Milk $2.38$2.0615.5%
Potatoes $2.83$2.985.1%
Pizza $8.74$9.477.7%
Beer $8.25$8.796.2%

Health Care

ItemLemontNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $110.97$101.049.8%
Doctor $137.35$107.4427.8%
Dentist $89.33$90.421.2%
Ibuprofen $8.99$9.283.1%
Lipitor $425.63$426.500.2%

Housing

ItemLemontNational avg.Difference
Home Price $342,100.00$175,700.0094.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $994.19$1,133.2312.3%
Apartment Rent $874.00$920.005.0%

Transportation

ItemLemontNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.20$1.9910.5%
Tire Balancing $56.85$45.7624.2%

Utilities

ItemLemontNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$141.76$163.8113.5%
Phone $25.99$28.398.4%
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.
Hodgkins, IL2,18589-11%
Robbins, IL5,22192-8%
Hometown, IL4,35895-5%
Fairmont, IL2,38490-10%
Merrionette Park, IL1,74899-1%
Lemont, IL16,37611919%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Lansdale, PA16,38211515%
Lithia Springs, GA16,38489-11%
Lamont, CA16,35995-5%
Mount Clemens, MI16,34588-12%
Prospect Heights, IL16,34411616%
Lemont, IL16,37611919%
Source: The Lemont, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.