Muncie 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.
IndexMuncieIndianaNational
Cost of living index7588100
IndexMuncieIndianaNational
Goods & Services index8595100
Groceries index9192100
Health care index8295100
Housing index5173100
Transportation index8993100
Utilities index7893100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Muncie, IN is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Muncie, IN enjoy a cost of living index of 75. This index is 14% lower than the Indiana average, and 25% 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 Muncie, IN, the average cost of goods and services is 11% lower than it is in Indiana, and it is 16% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Muncie is 14% lower than the Indiana average.
  • The cost of living in Muncie is 25% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Muncie is 49% lower than the national average.
  • Indiana general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Indiana state income tax is 48% 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$42,937$3,578$1,002$1,288
Renters$19,267$1,606$450$578
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Muncie, IN 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 Muncie, IN homeowners, is $42,937. This would allow for a maximum of $1,002 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $19,267 which would result in a maximum of $450 to be spent on rental costs.

Indiana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Indiana7%7%

Indiana Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Indiana3.3%3.3%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Muncie, IN you will want to make sure you consider both the Indiana sales tax and the Indiana income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Indiana is 7%, with the highest surtax being 7%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Indiana have a range from 3.3% to 3.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemMuncieNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.00$14.5917.8%
Beauty Salon $22.00$34.6836.6%
Toothpaste $1.88$2.4724.0%
Shampoo $0.84$1.0217.8%
Movie $8.79$9.8710.9%
Bowling $3.50$4.3920.3%

Groceries

ItemMuncieNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.14$4.487.5%
Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4618.7%
Milk $1.93$2.3618.1%
Potatoes $3.11$3.061.6%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $7.54$8.6312.7%

Health Care

ItemMuncieNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $58.00$99.7841.9%
Doctor $71.50$105.0331.9%
Dentist $69.75$88.7021.4%
Ibuprofen $8.36$9.4111.2%
Lipitor $323.26$298.508.3%

Housing

ItemMuncieNational avg.Difference
Home Price $70,400.00$175,700.0059.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $865.75$1,081.0319.9%
Apartment Rent $690.00$920.0025.0%

Transportation

ItemMuncieNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.94$2.097.3%
Tire Balancing $36.00$45.2920.5%

Utilities

ItemMuncieNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$149.16$170.8012.7%
Phone $18.44$28.2634.7%
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.
Blountsville, IN10871-29%
Matthews, IN59779-21%
Redkey, IN1,33772-28%
Springport, IN17473-27%
Dunkirk, IN2,36573-27%
Muncie, IN70,03575-25%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Lafayette, IN69,98285-15%
Loveland, CO70,0931066%
Rapid City, SD70,12692-8%
Goodyear, AZ70,1481000%
Gulfport, MS69,91390-10%
Muncie, IN70,03575-25%
Source: The Muncie, IN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.