Prairie du Chien 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.
IndexPrairie du ChienWisconsinNational
Cost of living index9198100
IndexPrairie du ChienWisconsinNational
Goods & Services index103100100
Groceries index98100100
Health care index96112100
Housing index6191100
Transportation index9099100
Utilities index136102100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Prairie du Chien, WI is shown above. Compared to the state average of Wisconsin the cost of living index in Prairie du Chien, WI is 91, which is 7% lower than the average in Wisconsin and compared to the national average it is 9% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Prairie du Chien, WI goods and services come in at 3% higher than the average in Wisconsin and are 3% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Prairie du Chien is 7% lower than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in Prairie du Chien is 9% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Prairie du Chien is 39% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 98% 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$50,034$4,170$1,167$1,501
Renters$22,100$1,842$516$663
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Prairie du Chien, WI as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Prairie du Chien, WI homeowners, is $50,034. This would allow for a maximum of $1,167 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $22,100 which would result in a maximum of $516 to be spent on rental costs.

Wisconsin Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Wisconsin5%5.6%

Wisconsin Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Wisconsin4.4%7.65%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Prairie du Chien, WI, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Wisconsin, as well as the rate for income tax in Wisconsin. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Wisconsin is 5.6%, and the sales tax in the state of Wisconsin is 5%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Wisconsin starts from 4.4% and goes up to 7.65%.

Goods & Services

ItemPrairie du ChienNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.75$14.5912.6%
Beauty Salon $35.25$34.681.6%
Toothpaste $2.37$2.474.2%
Shampoo $0.88$1.0213.9%
Movie $9.58$9.872.9%
Bowling $2.75$4.3937.4%

Groceries

ItemPrairie du ChienNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.69$4.4827.1%
Fried Chicken $1.57$1.467.2%
Milk $2.20$2.366.6%
Potatoes $2.67$3.0612.8%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $8.62$8.630.1%

Health Care

ItemPrairie du ChienNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $62.33$99.7837.5%
Doctor $118.67$105.0313.0%
Dentist $75.75$88.7014.6%
Ibuprofen $9.32$9.411.0%
Lipitor $299.55$298.500.4%

Housing

ItemPrairie du ChienNational avg.Difference
Home Price $105,300.00$175,700.0040.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $783.52$1,081.0327.5%
Apartment Rent $569.00$920.0038.2%

Transportation

ItemPrairie du ChienNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.89$2.099.6%
Tire Balancing $39.99$45.2911.7%

Utilities

ItemPrairie du ChienNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.50$170.807.4%
Phone $49.95$28.2676.8%
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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St. Olaf, IA12283-17%
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Waterville, IA13885-15%
Bagley, WI49386-14%
Wauzeka, WI66987-13%
Prairie du Chien, WI5,82991-9%

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Source: The Prairie du Chien, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.