Monticello 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 index9298100
Goods & Services index9497100
Groceries index9197100
Health care index99100100
Housing index8499100
Transportation index93104100
Utilities index10995100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Monticello, IL cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Illinois and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Monticello, IL is 92, which is 6% lower than the Illinois average and 8% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Monticello, IL are 3% lower than the average for Illinois and 6% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Monticello is 6% lower than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Monticello is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Monticello is 16% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Monticello, 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 Monticello, IL have a median income of $75,000. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,750 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $40,110, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $936.

Illinois Sales Tax

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Illinois Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Monticello, IL, the Illinois income tax and the Illinois sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Illinois maximum surtax is 9.75%, and the Illinois sales tax is 6.25%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 3.75% to 3.75% in Illinois.

Goods & Services

ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Haircut $21.17$15.5636.0%
Beauty Salon $38.35$36.116.2%
Toothpaste $2.94$2.4719.0%
Shampoo $0.87$0.969.5%
Movie $9.00$10.1311.1%
Bowling $4.67$4.741.4%


ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.80$3.984.5%
Fried Chicken $1.18$1.4116.1%
Milk $1.98$2.063.9%
Potatoes $2.93$2.981.9%
Pizza $9.49$9.470.2%
Beer $8.31$8.795.5%

Health Care

ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $75.53$101.0425.2%
Doctor $89.37$107.4416.8%
Dentist $97.33$90.427.7%
Ibuprofen $10.66$9.2814.9%
Lipitor $438.22$426.502.7%


ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Home Price $145,500.00$175,700.0017.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,004.08$1,133.2311.4%
Apartment Rent $791.00$920.0014.0%


ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.93$1.993.4%
Tire Balancing $38.50$45.7615.9%


ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$153.29$163.816.4%
Phone $36.95$28.3930.2%
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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De Land, IL48782-18%
Monticello, IL5,40092-8%

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Source: The Monticello, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.