Palatine 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.
IndexPalatineIllinoisNational
Cost of living index11899100
IndexPalatineIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index10698100
Groceries index10899100
Health care index100101100
Housing index14499100
Transportation index11297100
Utilities index104101100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Palatine, IL cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Illinois and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Palatine, IL is 118, which is 19% higher than the Illinois average and 18% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Palatine, IL are 8% higher than the average for Illinois and 6% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Palatine is 19% higher than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Palatine is 18% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Palatine is 44% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$89,792$7,483$2,095$2,694
Renters$49,592$4,133$1,157$1,488
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Palatine, 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 Palatine, IL homeowners have a median income of $89,792. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,095 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $49,592, which means there is a maximum of $1,157 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Illinois Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Illinois6.25%9.75%

Illinois Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Illinois3.75%3.75%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Palatine, IL is the Illinois sales tax and Illinois 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 Illinois sales tax rate is 6.25% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 9.75%. 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 Illinois income tax rates range from 3.75% to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemPalatineNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $45.00$34.6829.8%
Toothpaste $2.34$2.475.4%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $13.75$9.8739.3%
Bowling $5.00$4.3913.9%

Groceries

ItemPalatineNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.37$4.4820.0%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.463.0%
Milk $1.74$2.3626.2%
Potatoes $2.50$3.0618.3%
Pizza $10.99$9.2418.9%
Beer $14.25$8.6365.1%

Health Care

ItemPalatineNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $95.00$99.784.8%
Doctor $100.00$105.034.8%
Dentist $100.00$88.7012.7%
Ibuprofen $9.24$9.411.8%
Lipitor $262.00$298.5012.2%

Housing

ItemPalatineNational avg.Difference
Home Price $269,200.00$175,700.0053.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,500.61$1,081.0338.8%
Apartment Rent $1,130.00$920.0022.8%

Transportation

ItemPalatineNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.29$2.099.5%
Tire Balancing $53.31$45.2917.7%

Utilities

ItemPalatineNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$173.99$170.801.9%
Phone $30.05$28.266.3%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
North Chicago, IL30,76099-1%
Stone Park, IL4,9591011%
Carpentersville, IL38,1281022%
Northlake, IL12,3681033%
Melrose Park, IL25,5141044%
Palatine, IL69,01511818%

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Santa Fe, NM69,2451033%
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Palatine, IL69,01511818%
Source: The Palatine, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.