Notre Dame 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.
IndexNotre DameIndianaNational
Cost of living index8588100
IndexNotre DameIndianaNational
Goods & Services index8895100
Groceries index9092100
Health care index9295100
Housing index6973100
Transportation index11293100
Utilities index8493100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Notre Dame, IN is displayed above. In Notre Dame, IN, the overall cost of living index is 85, which is 3% lower than the Indiana average and 15% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Notre Dame, IN, the city's goods and services are 7% lower than the Indiana average and 12% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Notre Dame is 3% lower than the Indiana average.
  • The cost of living in Notre Dame is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Notre Dame is 31% 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Notre Dame, IN to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Notre Dame, IN, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Notre Dame, IN salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Notre Dame, IN, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Notre Dame, IN homeowners have a median income of $0. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $0 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $15,000, which means there is a maximum of $350 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Indiana Sales Tax

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Indiana Income Tax

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The Indiana sales tax and Indiana income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Notre Dame, IN. 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 Indiana sales tax is 7% 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 Indiana income tax rates range from 3.3% to 3.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemNotre DameNational 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%


ItemNotre DameNational 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

ItemNotre DameNational 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%


ItemNotre DameNational avg.Difference
Home Price $0.00$175,700.00100.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $883.48$1,081.0318.3%
Apartment Rent $633.00$920.0031.2%


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


ItemNotre DameNational 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%
Niles, MI11,47979-21%
Galien, MI53880-20%
Lakeville, IN85680-20%
Edwardsburg, MI1,23280-20%
Notre Dame, IN7,12385-15%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Riverdale Park, MD7,11911111%
Lexington, VA7,1141066%
Brattleboro, VT7,1321044%
Vandenberg Village, CA7,13312424%
Salem, IL7,13583-17%
Notre Dame, IN7,12385-15%
Source: The Notre Dame, IN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.