Oak Forest 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.
IndexOak ForestIllinoisNational
Cost of living index10299100
IndexOak ForestIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index9698100
Groceries index10699100
Health care index104101100
Housing index10799100
Transportation index10097100
Utilities index103101100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Oak Forest, IL. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Oak Forest, IL being 102, that puts it 3% higher than the average of Illinois and 2% higher 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 Oak Forest, IL, the price of goods and services are 2% lower than the average of Illinois as well as 4% lower than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Oak Forest is 3% higher than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Oak Forest is 2% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Oak Forest is 7% higher than the national average.
  • Illinois general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average.
  • Illinois state income tax is 69% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Oak Forest, IL to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Oak Forest, IL, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Oak Forest, IL salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Oak Forest, IL, 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 Oak Forest, IL homeowners have a median income of $82,990. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,936 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $40,510, which means there is a maximum of $945 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Illinois Sales Tax

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Illinois Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Oak Forest, IL, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Illinois, as well as the rate for income tax in Illinois. 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 Illinois is 9.75%, and the sales tax in the state of Illinois is 6.25%. 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 Illinois starts from 3.75% and goes up to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemOak ForestNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.50$14.596.2%
Beauty Salon $37.40$34.687.8%
Toothpaste $3.31$2.4733.8%
Shampoo $1.53$1.0249.7%
Movie $10.26$9.874.0%
Bowling $3.51$4.3920.1%


ItemOak ForestNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.21$4.486.0%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.466.6%
Milk $2.65$2.3612.4%
Potatoes $2.78$3.069.2%
Pizza $8.86$9.244.1%
Beer $8.19$8.635.1%

Health Care

ItemOak ForestNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $111.13$99.7811.4%
Doctor $129.44$105.0323.2%
Dentist $82.38$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $8.99$9.414.5%
Lipitor $298.47$298.500.0%


ItemOak ForestNational avg.Difference
Home Price $191,200.00$175,700.008.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,023.97$1,081.035.3%
Apartment Rent $935.00$920.001.6%


ItemOak ForestNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.03$2.093.1%
Tire Balancing $49.67$45.299.7%


ItemOak ForestNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$175.65$170.802.8%
Phone $29.20$28.263.3%
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.

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Dixmoor, IL3,63587-13%
Hodgkins, IL2,18588-12%
Ford Heights, IL2,77786-14%
Robbins, IL5,22191-9%
Harvey, IL25,22592-8%
Oak Forest, IL28,1041022%

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Oak Forest, IL28,1041022%
Source: The Oak Forest, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.