Newton 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 index10195100
Groceries index9394100
Health care index9695100
Housing index6176100
Transportation index9893100
Utilities index11098100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Newton, KS is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Newton, KS enjoy a cost of living index of 88. This index is 1% lower than the Kansas average, and 12% 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 Newton, KS, the average cost of goods and services is 6% higher than it is in Kansas, and it is 1% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Newton is 1% lower than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Newton is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Newton is 39% lower than the national average.
  • Kansas general sales tax is 28% higher than the national average.
  • Kansas state income tax is 30% 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)
The affordability of the housing market in Newton, KS as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Newton, KS homeowners, the median income is $56,653. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,322 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $29,659. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $692 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Kansas Sales Tax

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Kansas Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Newton, KS, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Kansas, as well as the rate for income tax in Kansas. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Kansas is 10.15%, and the sales tax in the state of Kansas is 6.5%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Kansas starts from 2.9% and goes up to 5.2%.

Goods & Services

ItemNewtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.73$16.0910.2%
Beauty Salon $39.10$37.334.7%
Toothpaste $2.03$2.4516.9%
Shampoo $0.88$1.0011.7%
Movie $9.16$10.2810.9%
Bowling $3.18$4.9335.5%


ItemNewtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.51$3.807.7%
Fried Chicken $1.26$1.409.7%
Milk $1.45$2.0127.8%
Potatoes $2.73$3.019.2%
Pizza $8.81$9.8910.9%
Beer $8.45$8.905.0%

Health Care

ItemNewtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $147.63$102.1644.5%
Doctor $103.15$108.364.8%
Dentist $81.12$92.5312.3%
Ibuprofen $8.41$9.289.3%
Lipitor $418.29$425.821.8%


ItemNewtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $101,200.00$184,700.0045.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $893.03$1,202.4425.7%
Apartment Rent $707.00$949.0025.5%


ItemNewtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.15$2.244.2%
Tire Balancing $48.24$46.294.2%


ItemNewtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$169.06$165.961.9%
Phone $34.44$28.6820.1%
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.
Peabody, KS1,15582-18%
Walton, KS24384-16%
Goessel, KS63781-19%
Elbing, KS30886-14%
Moundridge, KS1,90583-17%
Newton, KS19,10388-12%

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Brownwood, TX19,08185-15%
Newton, KS19,10388-12%
Source: The Newton, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.