Litchfield 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.
IndexLitchfieldIllinoisNational
Cost of living index8399100
IndexLitchfieldIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index10398100
Groceries index10199100
Health care index106101100
Housing index5099100
Transportation index9297100
Utilities index72101100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Litchfield, IL cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Litchfield, IL is 83, which is 16% lower than the Illinois average and 17% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Litchfield, IL are 5% higher than the Illinois average and 3% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Litchfield is 16% lower than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Litchfield is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Litchfield is 50% lower 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 Litchfield, 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 Litchfield, IL, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Litchfield, 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$48,308$4,026$1,127$1,449
Renters$25,482$2,124$595$765
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 Litchfield, 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. Litchfield, IL has a median income of about $48,308 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,127 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $25,482. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $595 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%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Litchfield, IL, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Illinois, as well as the rate for income tax in Illinois. 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 Illinois is 9.75%, and the sales tax in the state of Illinois is 6.25%. 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 Illinois starts from 3.75% and goes up to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemLitchfieldNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.43$14.598.0%
Beauty Salon $33.50$34.683.4%
Toothpaste $2.22$2.4710.2%
Shampoo $0.97$1.025.1%
Movie $10.62$9.877.6%
Bowling $3.67$4.3916.4%

Groceries

ItemLitchfieldNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.72$4.485.4%
Fried Chicken $1.47$1.460.4%
Milk $2.40$2.361.8%
Potatoes $3.73$3.0621.8%
Pizza $9.49$9.242.7%
Beer $7.67$8.6311.2%

Health Care

ItemLitchfieldNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $87.00$99.7812.8%
Doctor $132.50$105.0326.1%
Dentist $83.57$88.705.8%
Ibuprofen $10.01$9.416.4%
Lipitor $315.70$298.505.8%

Housing

ItemLitchfieldNational avg.Difference
Home Price $73,800.00$175,700.0058.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $825.57$1,081.0323.6%
Apartment Rent $622.00$920.0032.4%

Transportation

ItemLitchfieldNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.83$2.0912.7%
Tire Balancing $47.74$45.295.4%

Utilities

ItemLitchfieldNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$137.18$170.8019.7%
Phone $17.16$28.2639.3%
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.
Walshville, IL3278-22%
Sorento, IL73479-21%
Donnellson, IL18580-20%
Waggoner, IL16479-21%
Dorchester, IL14781-19%
Litchfield, IL6,91383-17%

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Lemoore Station, CA6,91311414%
Thermalito, CA6,91111212%
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Mills River, NC6,9171022%
Walden, NY6,91912121%
Litchfield, IL6,91383-17%
Source: The Litchfield, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.