Poplar Grove 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.
IndexPoplar GroveIllinoisNational
Cost of living index9698100
IndexPoplar GroveIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index9597100
Groceries index9197100
Health care index107100100
Housing index10099100
Transportation index107104100
Utilities index8595100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Poplar Grove, IL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Poplar Grove, IL enjoy a cost of living index of 96. This index is 2% lower than the Illinois average, and 4% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Poplar Grove, IL, the average cost of goods and services is 2% lower than it is in Illinois, and it is 5% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Poplar Grove is 2% lower than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Poplar Grove is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Poplar Grove is equal to 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)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Poplar Grove, IL, 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 Poplar Grove, IL, the median monthly income is $66,378 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,549 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $34,464, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $804 on monthly rental expenses.

Illinois Sales Tax

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Illinois Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Poplar Grove, IL you will want to make sure you consider both the Illinois sales tax and the Illinois income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Illinois is 6.25%, with the highest surtax being 9.75%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Illinois have a range from 3.75% to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemPoplar GroveNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.71$15.5611.9%
Beauty Salon $29.19$36.1119.2%
Toothpaste $1.88$2.4724.1%
Shampoo $0.90$0.967.1%
Movie $10.36$10.132.3%
Bowling $3.99$4.7415.7%


ItemPoplar GroveNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.47$3.9813.0%
Fried Chicken $1.41$1.410.0%
Milk $2.15$2.064.3%
Potatoes $2.16$2.9827.7%
Pizza $8.67$9.478.5%
Beer $7.96$8.799.5%

Health Care

ItemPoplar GroveNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $73.86$101.0426.9%
Doctor $132.16$107.4423.0%
Dentist $94.44$90.424.5%
Ibuprofen $9.63$9.283.7%
Lipitor $431.63$426.501.2%


ItemPoplar GroveNational avg.Difference
Home Price $167,700.00$175,700.004.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $777.66$1,133.2331.4%
Apartment Rent $1,016.00$920.0010.4%


ItemPoplar GroveNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.11$1.995.7%
Tire Balancing $50.94$45.7611.3%


ItemPoplar GroveNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$141.68$163.8113.5%
Phone $23.50$28.3917.2%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Beloit, WI36,87684-16%
New Milford, IL75684-16%
Rockford, IL151,29085-15%
Belvidere, IL25,71387-13%
South Beloit, IL8,12988-12%
Poplar Grove, IL5,49896-4%

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Poplar Grove, IL5,49896-4%
Source: The Poplar Grove, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.