Olathe 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 index10090100
Goods & Services index10196100
Groceries index10093100
Health care index9797100
Housing index10776100
Transportation index9593100
Utilities index8498100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Olathe, KS is shown above. Compared to the state average of Kansas the cost of living index in Olathe, KS is 100, which is 12% higher than the average in Kansas and compared to the national average it is equal to. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Olathe, KS goods and services come in at 5% higher than the average in Kansas and are 1% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Olathe is 12% higher than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Olathe is equal to the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Olathe is 7% higher than the national average.
  • Kansas general sales tax is 21% higher than the national average.
  • Kansas state income tax is 21% higher than the national average.

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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Olathe, KS to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Olathe, KS, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Olathe, KS salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Olathe, KS, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Olathe, KS has a median income of about $94,253 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,199 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $37,326. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $871 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Kansas Sales Tax

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Kansas Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Olathe, KS is the Kansas sales tax and Kansas income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Kansas sales tax rate is 6.15% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 9.65%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Kansas income tax rates range from 2.7% to 4.6%.

Goods & Services

ItemOlatheNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.53$15.560.2%
Beauty Salon $30.80$36.1114.7%
Toothpaste $2.57$2.473.9%
Shampoo $0.92$0.964.7%
Movie $9.59$10.135.3%
Bowling $4.71$4.740.5%


ItemOlatheNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.44$3.9811.5%
Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4141.4%
Milk $2.09$2.061.1%
Potatoes $2.60$2.9812.9%
Pizza $9.23$9.472.6%
Beer $8.16$8.797.2%

Health Care

ItemOlatheNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $100.35$101.040.7%
Doctor $91.94$107.4414.4%
Dentist $91.87$90.421.6%
Ibuprofen $8.64$9.286.9%
Lipitor $436.91$426.502.4%


ItemOlatheNational avg.Difference
Home Price $195,500.00$175,700.0011.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $899.88$1,133.2320.6%
Apartment Rent $895.00$920.002.7%


ItemOlatheNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.85$1.997.2%
Tire Balancing $45.97$45.760.5%


ItemOlatheNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$148.92$163.819.1%
Phone $21.29$28.3925.0%
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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Linwood, KS38184-16%
Bucyrus, KS22184-16%
Wellsville, KS1,78689-11%
Edwardsville, KS4,36789-11%
Kansas City, MO465,00592-8%
Olathe, KS129,9131000%

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Olathe, KS129,9131000%
Source: The Olathe, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.