Mount Pleasant 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.
IndexMount PleasantIowaNational
Cost of living index8488100
IndexMount PleasantIowaNational
Goods & Services index9093100
Groceries index9595100
Health care index9496100
Housing index6373100
Transportation index9197100
Utilities index10299100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Mount Pleasant, IA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Mount Pleasant, IA being 84, that puts it 5% lower than the average of Iowa and 16% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Mount Pleasant, IA, the price of goods and services are 3% lower than the average of Iowa as well as 10% lower than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Mount Pleasant is 5% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Mount Pleasant is 16% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Mount Pleasant is 37% lower than the national average.
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Iowa state income tax is 84% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Mount Pleasant, IA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Mount Pleasant, IA homeowners, is $62,832. This would allow for a maximum of $1,466 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $24,615 which would result in a maximum of $574 to be spent on rental costs.

Iowa Sales Tax

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Iowa Income Tax

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The Iowa sales tax and Iowa income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Mount Pleasant, IA. 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 Iowa sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 7%. 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 Iowa income tax rates range from 0.36% to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
Haircut $10.00$14.5931.5%
Beauty Salon $26.00$34.6825.0%
Toothpaste $1.96$2.4720.8%
Shampoo $0.88$1.0213.9%
Movie $8.25$9.8716.4%
Bowling $4.00$4.398.9%


ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.73$4.485.7%
Fried Chicken $1.44$1.461.6%
Milk $2.32$2.361.6%
Potatoes $2.01$3.0634.3%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $7.78$8.639.9%

Health Care

ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $78.00$99.7821.8%
Doctor $121.00$105.0315.2%
Dentist $69.00$88.7022.2%
Ibuprofen $9.32$9.411.0%
Lipitor $286.58$298.504.0%


ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
Home Price $108,900.00$175,700.0038.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $891.84$1,081.0317.5%
Apartment Rent $587.00$920.0036.2%


ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.96$2.096.3%
Tire Balancing $37.47$45.2917.3%


ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$185.34$170.808.5%
Phone $26.03$28.267.9%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Coppock, IA6274-26%
Stockport, IA28775-25%
Mount Union, IA10575-25%
Hillsboro, IA22276-24%
Salem, IA41378-22%
Mount Pleasant, IA8,68284-16%

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Bay Minette, AL8,68288-12%
Riverside, CT8,682223123%
Box Elder, SD8,68390-10%
Old Orchard Beach, ME8,67911010%
Morrisville, PA8,68911616%
Mount Pleasant, IA8,68284-16%
Source: The Mount Pleasant, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.