Poteau 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.
IndexPoteauOklahomaNational
Cost of living index8586100
IndexPoteauOklahomaNational
Goods & Services index9993100
Groceries index11197100
Health care index10095100
Housing index5469100
Transportation index8386100
Utilities index9495100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Poteau, OK is displayed above. In Poteau, OK, the overall cost of living index is 85, which is 1% lower than the Oklahoma average and 15% 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 Poteau, OK, the city's goods and services are 7% higher than the Oklahoma average and 1% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Poteau is 1% lower than the Oklahoma average.
  • The cost of living in Poteau is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Poteau is 46% lower than the national average.
  • Oklahoma general sales tax is 12% lower than the national average.
  • Oklahoma state income tax is 78% 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$46,183$3,849$1,078$1,386
Renters$25,625$2,135$598$769
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Poteau, OK, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Poteau, OK has a median income of about $46,183 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,078 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $25,625. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $598 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Oklahoma Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Oklahoma4.5%11%

Oklahoma Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Oklahoma0.5%5.25%
For those who live in Poteau, OK and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Oklahoma income tax rate and the Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma, the sales tax is 4.5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 11%. 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 Oklahoma, the income tax rate ranges between 0.5% to 5.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemPoteauNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.33$14.598.7%
Beauty Salon $25.00$34.6827.9%
Toothpaste $2.18$2.4711.9%
Shampoo $1.11$1.028.6%
Movie $9.50$9.873.7%
Bowling $5.00$4.3913.9%

Groceries

ItemPoteauNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.71$4.485.2%
Fried Chicken $1.36$1.467.1%
Milk $2.49$2.365.7%
Potatoes $3.02$3.061.4%
Pizza $8.66$9.246.3%
Beer $7.99$8.637.4%

Health Care

ItemPoteauNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.00$99.7815.8%
Doctor $90.33$105.0314.0%
Dentist $86.33$88.702.7%
Ibuprofen $12.48$9.4132.6%
Lipitor $332.85$298.5011.5%

Housing

ItemPoteauNational avg.Difference
Home Price $88,800.00$175,700.0049.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $892.34$1,081.0317.5%
Apartment Rent $584.00$920.0036.5%

Transportation

ItemPoteauNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.91$2.098.9%
Tire Balancing $26.67$45.2941.1%

Utilities

ItemPoteauNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$156.60$170.808.3%
Phone $27.28$28.263.5%
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.
Heavener, OK3,39780-20%
Panama, OK1,45780-20%
Bokoshe, OK48781-19%
Cameron, OK29182-18%
Wister, OK1,14782-18%
Poteau, OK8,56385-15%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Franklin, KY8,56383-17%
Dormont, PA8,56593-7%
Tuscumbia, AL8,56586-14%
Mayo, MD8,56013939%
Hoquiam, WA8,56090-10%
Poteau, OK8,56385-15%
Source: The Poteau, OK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.