Madison 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.
IndexMadisonIllinoisNational
Cost of living index8499100
IndexMadisonIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index9798100
Groceries index10199100
Health care index101101100
Housing index4699100
Transportation index9297100
Utilities index114101100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Madison, IL is displayed above. In Madison, IL, the overall cost of living index is 84, which is 15% lower than the Illinois average and 16% lower 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 Madison, IL, the city's goods and services are 2% lower than the Illinois average and 3% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Madison is 15% lower than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Madison is 16% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Madison is 54% 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 Madison, 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 Madison, IL, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Madison, 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$28,036$2,336$654$841
Renters$17,521$1,460$409$526
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Madison, IL, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Madison, IL homeowners have a median income of $28,036. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $654 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $17,521, which means there is a maximum of $409 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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 you are determining the total cost of living in Madison, IL you will want to make sure you consider both the Illinois sales tax and the Illinois income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Illinois is 6.25%, with the highest surtax being 9.75%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Illinois have a range from 3.75% to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemMadisonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.17$14.5910.8%
Beauty Salon $34.85$34.680.5%
Toothpaste $2.47$2.470.1%
Shampoo $0.87$1.0214.9%
Movie $10.46$9.876.0%
Bowling $3.64$4.3917.1%

Groceries

ItemMadisonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.69$4.4827.1%
Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4635.9%
Milk $2.61$2.3610.7%
Potatoes $2.41$3.0621.3%
Pizza $8.39$9.249.2%
Beer $7.99$8.637.4%

Health Care

ItemMadisonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $83.00$99.7816.8%
Doctor $98.56$105.036.2%
Dentist $93.75$88.705.7%
Ibuprofen $10.71$9.4113.8%
Lipitor $306.38$298.502.6%

Housing

ItemMadisonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $47,100.00$175,700.0073.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $711.37$1,081.0334.2%
Apartment Rent $845.00$920.008.2%

Transportation

ItemMadisonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.86$2.0910.9%
Tire Balancing $44.70$45.291.3%

Utilities

ItemMadisonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$164.26$170.803.8%
Phone $39.44$28.2639.6%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Brooklyn, IL80779-21%
Alorton, IL1,72980-20%
Venice, IL1,75181-19%
Washington Park, IL4,12082-18%
East St. Louis, IL26,69782-18%
Madison, IL4,06184-16%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Westborough, MA4,06113838%
Carlisle, IA4,06288-12%
Farmers Loop, AK4,06214242%
Livingston, TN4,06078-22%
University Gardens, NY4,05918585%
Madison, IL4,06184-16%
Source: The Madison, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.