Linden 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.
IndexLindenMichiganNational
Cost of living index9089100
IndexLindenMichiganNational
Goods & Services index9695100
Groceries index9092100
Health care index9996100
Housing index7573100
Transportation index9897100
Utilities index105100100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Linden, MI. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Linden, MI being 90, that puts it 1% higher than the average of Michigan and 10% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Linden, MI, the price of goods and services are 1% higher than the average of Michigan as well as 4% lower than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Linden is 1% higher than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Linden is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Linden is 25% lower than the national average.
  • Michigan general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Michigan state income tax is 91% 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$65,349$5,446$1,525$1,961
Renters$44,318$3,693$1,034$1,330
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 Linden, MI, 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. Linden, MI has a median income of about $65,349 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,525 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $44,318. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,034 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Michigan Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Michigan6%6%

Michigan Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Michigan4.25%4.25%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Linden, MI is the Michigan sales tax and Michigan 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 Michigan sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 6%. 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 Michigan income tax rates range from 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemLindenNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.10$14.5910.3%
Beauty Salon $48.30$34.6839.3%
Toothpaste $1.94$2.4721.6%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0212.9%
Movie $9.93$9.870.6%
Bowling $3.41$4.3922.4%

Groceries

ItemLindenNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.26$4.484.8%
Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4618.7%
Milk $1.97$2.3616.4%
Potatoes $2.74$3.0610.5%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $8.39$8.632.8%

Health Care

ItemLindenNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.50$99.7818.3%
Doctor $106.00$105.030.9%
Dentist $89.30$88.700.7%
Ibuprofen $8.22$9.4112.7%
Lipitor $309.77$298.503.8%

Housing

ItemLindenNational avg.Difference
Home Price $131,700.00$175,700.0025.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $927.72$1,081.0314.2%
Apartment Rent $698.00$920.0024.1%

Transportation

ItemLindenNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.95$2.096.9%
Tire Balancing $50.92$45.2912.4%

Utilities

ItemLindenNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$178.99$170.804.8%
Phone $29.99$28.266.1%
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.
Flint, MI100,56979-21%
Durand, MI3,39682-18%
Gaines, MI37782-18%
Bancroft, MI66083-17%
Byron, MI54583-17%
Linden, MI3,91990-10%

Cities with similar population

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Eastland, TX3,91981-19%
Tilton Northfield, NH3,91911111%
Gordon Heights, NY3,91813131%
West Columbia, TX3,91783-17%
Piney, AR3,92185-15%
Linden, MI3,91990-10%
Source: The Linden, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.