Mercer 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.
IndexMercerWisconsinNational
Cost of living index9098100
IndexMercerWisconsinNational
Goods & Services index93100100
Groceries index95100100
Health care index109112100
Housing index8091100
Transportation index9799100
Utilities index91102100

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  • The cost of living in Mercer is 8% lower than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in Mercer is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Mercer is 20% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 98% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$49,167$4,097$1,147$1,475
Renters$14,261$1,188$333$428

Wisconsin Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Wisconsin5%5.6%

Wisconsin Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Wisconsin4.4%7.65%

Goods & Services

ItemMercerNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.65$14.596.5%
Beauty Salon $28.33$34.6818.3%
Toothpaste $2.18$2.4711.9%
Shampoo $0.95$1.027.0%
Movie $9.00$9.878.8%
Bowling $3.25$4.3926.0%

Groceries

ItemMercerNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.74$4.485.9%
Fried Chicken $1.36$1.467.1%
Milk $2.51$2.366.5%
Potatoes $2.52$3.0617.7%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $7.64$8.6311.5%

Health Care

ItemMercerNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $115.00$99.7815.3%
Doctor $152.90$105.0345.6%
Dentist $81.60$88.708.0%
Ibuprofen $9.05$9.413.8%
Lipitor $282.82$298.505.3%

Housing

ItemMercerNational avg.Difference
Home Price $155,600.00$175,700.0011.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $930.34$1,081.0313.9%
Apartment Rent $560.00$920.0039.1%

Transportation

ItemMercerNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.20$2.095.2%
Tire Balancing $33.00$45.2927.1%

Utilities

ItemMercerNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$144.02$170.8015.7%
Phone $28.16$28.260.3%
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.
Lac du Flambeau, WI1,83584-16%
Mercer, WI58590-10%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Lake Village, IN58595-5%
Happy Valley, AK58511111%
Browns Valley, MN58577-23%
Killona, LA58566-34%
Loudon, NH58511212%
Mercer, WI58590-10%
Source: The Mercer, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.