Meridian 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 index9892100
Goods & Services index9893100
Groceries index8995100
Health care index106103100
Housing index10788100
Transportation index9293100
Utilities index8687100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Meridian, ID is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Meridian, ID enjoy a cost of living index of 98. This index is 7% higher than the Idaho average, and 2% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Meridian, ID, the average cost of goods and services is 6% higher than it is in Idaho, and it is 2% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Meridian is 7% higher than the Idaho average.
  • The cost of living in Meridian is 2% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Meridian is 7% higher than the national average.
  • Idaho general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Idaho state income tax is 28% lower 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)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Meridian, ID, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Meridian, ID, the median monthly income is $69,278 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,616 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $37,319, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $871 on monthly rental expenses.

Idaho Sales Tax

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Idaho Income Tax

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The Idaho sales tax and Idaho income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Meridian, ID. 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 Idaho sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 8.5%. 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 Idaho income tax rates range from 1.6% to 7.4%.

Goods & Services

ItemMeridianNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.75$14.5912.6%
Beauty Salon $29.25$34.6815.7%
Toothpaste $2.99$2.4720.9%
Shampoo $1.01$1.021.2%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $3.52$4.3919.8%


ItemMeridianNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.43$4.4823.4%
Fried Chicken $1.09$1.4625.5%
Milk $1.45$2.3638.5%
Potatoes $2.46$3.0619.6%
Pizza $8.49$9.248.1%
Beer $8.45$8.632.1%

Health Care

ItemMeridianNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $116.20$99.7816.5%
Doctor $121.38$105.0315.6%
Dentist $87.50$88.701.4%
Ibuprofen $9.77$9.413.8%
Lipitor $306.75$298.502.8%


ItemMeridianNational avg.Difference
Home Price $186,400.00$175,700.006.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $921.00$1,081.0314.8%
Apartment Rent $1,016.00$920.0010.4%


ItemMeridianNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.80$2.0913.9%
Tire Balancing $48.50$45.297.1%


ItemMeridianNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$143.20$170.8016.2%
Phone $24.99$28.2611.6%
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.
Caldwell, ID48,11485-15%
Nampa, ID84,66087-13%
Middleton, ID5,89888-12%
Kuna, ID16,18891-9%
Garden City, ID11,22394-6%
Meridian, ID81,02598-2%

Cities with similar population

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Fishers, IN81,0601022%
Johns Creek, GA80,97912424%
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Hemet, CA81,203100-0%
Chino, CA80,81013030%
Meridian, ID81,02598-2%
Source: The Meridian, ID cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.