Pekin 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.
IndexPekinIllinoisNational
Cost of living index8799100
IndexPekinIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index9898100
Groceries index9899100
Health care index96101100
Housing index6199100
Transportation index9897100
Utilities index98101100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Pekin, IL cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Pekin, IL is 87, which is 12% lower than the Illinois average and 13% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Pekin, IL are equal to the Illinois average and 2% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Pekin is 12% lower than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Pekin is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Pekin is 39% lower 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$56,486$4,707$1,318$1,695
Renters$30,396$2,533$709$912
The affordability of the housing market in Pekin, IL 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 Pekin, IL homeowners, the median income is $56,486. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,318 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $30,396. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $709 used for their rent related monthly costs.

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%
The Illinois sales tax and Illinois income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Pekin, IL. 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 Illinois sales tax is 6.25% and the maximum surtax is 9.75%. 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 Illinois income tax rates range from 3.75% to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemPekinNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.00$14.5916.5%
Beauty Salon $19.00$34.6845.2%
Toothpaste $2.27$2.478.2%
Shampoo $0.83$1.0218.8%
Movie $8.75$9.8711.3%
Bowling $3.50$4.3920.3%

Groceries

ItemPekinNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.02$4.4810.2%
Fried Chicken $1.49$1.461.8%
Milk $2.12$2.3610.0%
Potatoes $3.31$3.068.1%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $7.92$8.638.3%

Health Care

ItemPekinNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $122.03$99.7822.3%
Doctor $97.00$105.037.6%
Dentist $82.00$88.707.6%
Ibuprofen $7.98$9.4115.2%
Lipitor $301.39$298.501.0%

Housing

ItemPekinNational avg.Difference
Home Price $99,200.00$175,700.0043.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,155.44$1,081.036.9%
Apartment Rent $650.00$920.0029.3%

Transportation

ItemPekinNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.95$2.096.8%
Tire Balancing $50.00$45.2910.4%

Utilities

ItemPekinNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$157.04$170.808.1%
Phone $29.99$28.266.1%
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.
Kingston Mines, IL25383-17%
Forest City, IL23283-17%
Glasford, IL1,01885-15%
South Pekin, IL1,16085-15%
Norwood, IL45385-15%
Pekin, IL33,92887-13%

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Pekin, IL33,92887-13%
Source: The Pekin, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.