Mason 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.
IndexMasonMichiganNational
Cost of living index8589100
IndexMasonMichiganNational
Goods & Services index8995100
Groceries index8392100
Health care index9596100
Housing index7273100
Transportation index9797100
Utilities index101100100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Mason, MI is displayed above. In Mason, MI, the overall cost of living index is 85, which is 4% lower than the Michigan average and 15% 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 Mason, MI, the city's goods and services are 6% lower than the Michigan average and 11% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Mason is 4% lower than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Mason is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Mason is 28% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Mason, MI 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 Mason, MI, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Mason, MI 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$72,318$6,027$1,687$2,170
Renters$31,071$2,589$725$932
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 Mason, 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. Mason, MI has a median income of about $72,318 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,687 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $31,071. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $725 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%
For those who live in Mason, MI and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Michigan income tax rate and the Michigan sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Michigan, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 6%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Michigan, the income tax rate ranges between 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemMasonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.95$14.592.4%
Beauty Salon $18.31$34.6847.2%
Toothpaste $1.67$2.4732.5%
Shampoo $0.85$1.0216.8%
Movie $7.85$9.8720.5%
Bowling $3.20$4.3927.1%

Groceries

ItemMasonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.65$4.4818.5%
Fried Chicken $1.14$1.4622.1%
Milk $2.61$2.3610.7%
Potatoes $2.40$3.0621.6%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $8.10$8.636.2%

Health Care

ItemMasonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $57.14$99.7842.7%
Doctor $88.50$105.0315.7%
Dentist $95.43$88.707.6%
Ibuprofen $8.10$9.4113.9%
Lipitor $301.16$298.500.9%

Housing

ItemMasonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $113,500.00$175,700.0035.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $687.82$1,081.0336.4%
Apartment Rent $833.00$920.009.5%

Transportation

ItemMasonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.93$2.097.9%
Tire Balancing $49.66$45.299.7%

Utilities

ItemMasonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$173.63$170.801.7%
Phone $28.01$28.260.9%
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.
Springport, MI74878-22%
Lansing, MI114,38285-15%
Leslie, MI1,79881-19%
Webberville, MI1,18685-15%
Edgemont Park, MI2,24287-13%
Mason, MI8,26685-15%

Cities with similar population

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Old Forge, PA8,26595-5%
Oak Hill, WV8,27084-16%
Ashland, NJ8,26012626%
Diamondhead, MS8,27599-1%
South Lockport, NY8,25580-20%
Mason, MI8,26685-15%
Source: The Mason, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.