Muscatine 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 index8889100
Goods & Services index9495100
Groceries index10695100
Health care index9798100
Housing index6573100
Transportation index9797100
Utilities index9896100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Muscatine, IA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Muscatine, IA being 88, that puts it 1% lower than the average of Iowa and 12% 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 Muscatine, IA, the price of goods and services are 1% lower than the average of Iowa as well as 6% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Muscatine is 1% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Muscatine is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Muscatine is 35% 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Muscatine, 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 Muscatine, IA homeowners, is $57,376. This would allow for a maximum of $1,339 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $25,326 which would result in a maximum of $591 to be spent on rental costs.

Iowa Sales Tax

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Iowa Income Tax

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For those who live in Muscatine, IA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Iowa income tax rate and the Iowa sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Iowa, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Iowa, the income tax rate ranges between 0.36% to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemMuscatineNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.70$15.5612.0%
Beauty Salon $22.83$36.1136.8%
Toothpaste $2.63$2.476.2%
Shampoo $1.32$0.9636.4%
Movie $10.49$10.133.6%
Bowling $5.00$4.745.6%


ItemMuscatineNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.15$3.984.1%
Fried Chicken $1.51$1.417.3%
Milk $2.66$2.0628.9%
Potatoes $3.47$2.9816.4%
Pizza $8.69$9.478.3%
Beer $8.35$8.795.0%

Health Care

ItemMuscatineNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $96.13$101.044.9%
Doctor $126.39$107.4417.6%
Dentist $75.69$90.4216.3%
Ibuprofen $9.29$9.280.1%
Lipitor $407.67$426.504.4%


ItemMuscatineNational avg.Difference
Home Price $102,000.00$175,700.0041.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,111.11$1,133.232.0%
Apartment Rent $757.00$920.0017.7%


ItemMuscatineNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.94$1.992.7%
Tire Balancing $43.33$45.765.3%


ItemMuscatineNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$140.29$163.8114.4%
Phone $32.99$28.3916.2%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Conesville, IA46282-18%
Atalissa, IA40183-17%
Fredonia, IA25479-21%
Stockton, IA21785-15%
Nichols, IA38385-15%
Muscatine, IA23,85788-12%

Cities with similar population

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Canton, GA23,84196-4%
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Valinda, CA23,81813131%
Watertown, WI23,89998-2%
Muscatine, IA23,85788-12%
Source: The Muscatine, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.