Niles 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.
IndexNilesMichiganNational
Cost of living index7989100
IndexNilesMichiganNational
Goods & Services index8895100
Groceries index9092100
Health care index9296100
Housing index5173100
Transportation index11297100
Utilities index84100100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Niles, MI. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Niles, MI being 79, that puts it 11% lower than the average of Michigan and 21% 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 Niles, MI, the price of goods and services are 7% lower than the average of Michigan as well as 12% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Niles is 11% lower than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Niles is 21% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Niles is 49% lower than the national average.
  • Michigan general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Michigan state income tax is 91% 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$44,674$3,723$1,042$1,340
Renters$14,427$1,202$337$433
The affordability of the housing market in Niles, MI 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 Niles, MI homeowners, the median income is $44,674. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,042 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $14,427. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $337 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Michigan Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Michigan6%6%

Michigan Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Michigan4.25%4.25%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Niles, MI you will want to make sure you consider both the Michigan sales tax and the Michigan 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 Michigan is 6%, with the highest surtax being 6%. 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 Michigan have a range from 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemNilesNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.50$14.5913.1%
Beauty Salon $29.00$34.6816.4%
Toothpaste $2.03$2.4717.9%
Shampoo $0.88$1.0213.9%
Movie $8.15$9.8717.4%
Bowling $3.31$4.3924.6%

Groceries

ItemNilesNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.39$4.481.9%
Fried Chicken $1.54$1.465.2%
Milk $1.95$2.3617.3%
Potatoes $2.68$3.0612.5%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $8.45$8.632.1%

Health Care

ItemNilesNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.33$99.784.6%
Doctor $108.67$105.033.5%
Dentist $81.00$88.708.7%
Ibuprofen $8.24$9.4112.5%
Lipitor $229.33$298.5023.2%

Housing

ItemNilesNational avg.Difference
Home Price $77,800.00$175,700.0055.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $883.48$1,081.0318.3%
Apartment Rent $602.00$920.0034.6%

Transportation

ItemNilesNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.61$2.0924.9%
Tire Balancing $34.00$45.2924.9%

Utilities

ItemNilesNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$137.40$170.8019.6%
Phone $25.01$28.2611.5%
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.
Cassopolis, MI1,77077-23%
Dowagiac, MI5,82282-18%
Galien, MI53880-20%
Baroda, MI82484-16%
Edwardsburg, MI1,23280-20%
Niles, MI11,47979-21%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Platteville, WI11,48098-2%
South Yarmouth, MA11,48212828%
River Edge, NJ11,48315959%
Cedarburg, WI11,4851088%
Wallington, NJ11,48713434%
Niles, MI11,47979-21%
Source: The Niles, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.