McHenry 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 index9999100
Goods & Services index9698100
Groceries index9699100
Health care index103101100
Housing index10399100
Transportation index9997100
Utilities index95101100
Displayed above is a general overview of the McHenry, IL cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in McHenry, IL is 99, which is equal to the Illinois average and 1% 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 McHenry, IL are 2% lower than the Illinois average and 4% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in McHenry is equal to the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in McHenry is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in McHenry is 3% higher 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in McHenry, IL by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in McHenry, IL have a median income of $75,584. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,764 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $31,782, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $742.

Illinois Sales Tax

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Illinois Income Tax

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The Illinois sales tax and Illinois income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in McHenry, IL. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Illinois sales tax is 6.25% and the maximum surtax is 9.75%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Illinois income tax rates range from 3.75% to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemMcHenryNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.57$14.5913.9%
Beauty Salon $29.57$34.6814.7%
Toothpaste $1.88$2.4724.0%
Shampoo $1.00$1.022.2%
Movie $10.29$9.874.3%
Bowling $3.94$4.3910.3%


ItemMcHenryNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.91$4.489.7%
Fried Chicken $1.51$1.463.1%
Milk $2.42$2.362.7%
Potatoes $2.19$3.0628.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.37$8.633.0%

Health Care

ItemMcHenryNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $74.14$99.7825.7%
Doctor $112.33$105.036.9%
Dentist $89.63$88.701.0%
Ibuprofen $9.99$9.416.1%
Lipitor $319.94$298.507.2%


ItemMcHenryNational avg.Difference
Home Price $177,700.00$175,700.001.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $777.29$1,081.0328.1%
Apartment Rent $990.00$920.007.6%


ItemMcHenryNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.96$2.096.5%
Tire Balancing $51.06$45.2912.8%


ItemMcHenryNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$176.07$170.803.1%
Phone $23.50$28.2616.8%
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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Hebron, IL1,09494-6%
Round Lake Beach, IL28,048100-0%
McCullom Lake, IL1,00193-7%
Wilmot, WI28296-4%
Union, IL51695-5%
McHenry, IL26,80399-1%

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Imperial Beach, CA26,85713131%
McHenry, IL26,80399-1%
Source: The McHenry, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.