Polk City 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.
IndexPolk CityIowaNational
Cost of living index10089100
IndexPolk CityIowaNational
Goods & Services index8995100
Groceries index9094100
Health care index9797100
Housing index12073100
Transportation index9999100
Utilities index9995100

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  • The cost of living in Polk City is 13% higher than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Polk City is equal to the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Polk City is 20% higher than the national average.
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Iowa state income tax is 84% lower 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$96,196$8,016$2,244$2,886
Renters$61,409$5,117$1,433$1,842

Iowa Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Iowa6%7%

Iowa Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Iowa0.36%8.98%

Goods & Services

ItemPolk CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.97$16.096.9%
Beauty Salon $31.92$37.3314.5%
Toothpaste $1.86$2.4524.1%
Shampoo $0.97$1.003.1%
Movie $9.04$10.2812.1%
Bowling $4.58$4.937.1%

Groceries

ItemPolk CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.07$3.8019.2%
Fried Chicken $1.60$1.4014.8%
Milk $1.79$2.0110.8%
Potatoes $2.02$3.0133.0%
Pizza $9.16$9.897.4%
Beer $8.62$8.903.1%

Health Care

ItemPolk CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $99.16$102.162.9%
Doctor $118.76$108.369.6%
Dentist $78.86$92.5314.8%
Ibuprofen $8.72$9.286.0%
Lipitor $430.12$425.821.0%

Housing

ItemPolk CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $228,700.00$184,700.0023.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,106.22$1,202.448.0%
Apartment Rent $1,039.00$949.009.5%

Transportation

ItemPolk CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.20$2.242.2%
Tire Balancing $46.50$46.290.4%

Utilities

ItemPolk CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$157.15$165.965.3%
Phone $30.20$28.685.3%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Luther, IA14778-22%
Elkhart, IA81584-16%
Woodward, IA1,62184-16%
Kelley, IA30685-15%
Des Moines, IA212,85986-14%
Polk City, IA4,1151000%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Waverly, TN4,11587-13%
Crawfordville, FL4,11592-8%
Louisville, TN4,11494-6%
Lawrenceville, NJ4,11612727%
Ridgeland, SC4,11696-4%
Polk City, IA4,1151000%
Source: The Polk City, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.