Lockwood 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.
Cost of living index9598100
Goods & Services index101101100
Groceries index101101100
Health care index106106100
Housing index8997100
Transportation index9494100
Utilities index8686100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Lockwood, MT is shown above. Compared to the state average of Montana the cost of living index in Lockwood, MT is 95, which is 3% lower than the average in Montana and compared to the national average it is 5% 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 Lockwood, MT goods and services come in at equal to the average in Montana and are 1% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Lockwood is 3% lower than the Montana average.
  • The cost of living in Lockwood is 5% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lockwood is 11% lower than the national average.
  • Montana general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Montana state income tax is 55% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Lockwood, MT as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Lockwood, MT homeowners, is $58,616. This would allow for a maximum of $1,368 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $25,635 which would result in a maximum of $598 to be spent on rental costs.

Montana Sales Tax

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Montana Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Lockwood, MT, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Montana, as well as the rate for income tax in Montana. 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 Montana is 0%, and the sales tax in the state of Montana is 0%. 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 Montana starts from 1% and goes up to 6.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemLockwoodNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.33$14.598.7%
Beauty Salon $39.00$34.6812.5%
Toothpaste $2.83$2.4714.4%
Shampoo $1.08$1.025.7%
Movie $10.25$9.873.9%
Bowling $3.75$4.3914.6%


ItemLockwoodNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.79$4.4815.3%
Fried Chicken $1.62$1.4610.7%
Milk $2.36$2.360.1%
Potatoes $3.49$3.0614.0%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $8.86$8.632.6%

Health Care

ItemLockwoodNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $106.20$99.786.4%
Doctor $126.50$105.0320.4%
Dentist $84.33$88.704.9%
Ibuprofen $10.99$9.4116.8%
Lipitor $301.41$298.501.0%


ItemLockwoodNational avg.Difference
Home Price $162,500.00$175,700.007.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,257.70$1,081.0316.3%
Apartment Rent $747.00$920.0018.8%


ItemLockwoodNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$2.094.4%
Tire Balancing $39.75$45.2912.2%


ItemLockwoodNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$150.35$170.8012.0%
Phone $23.35$28.2617.4%
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.

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Ballantine, MT20878-22%
Shepherd, MT76692-8%
Worden, MT57397-3%
Huntley, MT46197-3%
Billings, MT106,97998-2%
Lockwood, MT6,94395-5%

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Source: The Lockwood, MT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.