Polson 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 index9898100
Goods & Services index10198100
Groceries index95100100
Health care index116104100
Housing index9097100
Transportation index113101100
Utilities index9092100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Polson, MT is displayed above. In Polson, MT, the overall cost of living index is 98, which is equal to the Montana average and 2% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Polson, MT, the city's goods and services are 4% higher than the Montana average and 1% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Polson is equal to the Montana average.
  • The cost of living in Polson is 2% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Polson is 10% lower than the national average.
  • Montana general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Montana state income tax is 55% 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)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Polson, MT, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Polson, MT, the median monthly income is $44,915 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,048 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $29,265, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $683 on monthly rental expenses.

Montana Sales Tax

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Montana Income Tax

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For those who live in Polson, MT and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Montana income tax rate and the Montana sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Montana, the sales tax is 0%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 0%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Montana, the income tax rate ranges between 1% to 6.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemPolsonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.02$15.569.3%
Beauty Salon $35.70$36.111.1%
Toothpaste $2.92$2.4718.3%
Shampoo $1.03$0.966.4%
Movie $10.59$10.134.6%
Bowling $8.59$4.7481.3%


ItemPolsonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.89$3.982.4%
Fried Chicken $1.33$1.415.5%
Milk $2.21$2.067.0%
Potatoes $1.79$2.9839.8%
Pizza $9.05$9.474.4%
Beer $10.10$8.7914.8%

Health Care

ItemPolsonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $121.00$101.0419.8%
Doctor $140.50$107.4430.8%
Dentist $99.61$90.4210.2%
Ibuprofen $11.17$9.2820.4%
Lipitor $444.66$426.504.3%


ItemPolsonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $173,700.00$175,700.001.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,082.23$1,133.234.5%
Apartment Rent $635.00$920.0031.0%


ItemPolsonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.40$1.9920.2%
Tire Balancing $44.37$45.763.0%


ItemPolsonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$136.37$163.8116.8%
Phone $28.32$28.390.2%
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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Turtle Lake, MT181011%
Elmo, MT17786-14%
Pablo, MT2,61686-14%
Ronan, MT1,90692-8%
Dayton, MT841033%
Polson, MT4,58098-2%

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Source: The Polson, MT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.