Prospect Heights 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.
IndexProspect HeightsIllinoisNational
Cost of living index11599100
IndexProspect HeightsIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index10698100
Groceries index10899100
Health care index100101100
Housing index13499100
Transportation index11297100
Utilities index104101100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Prospect Heights, IL. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Prospect Heights, IL being 115, that puts it 16% higher than the average of Illinois and 15% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Prospect Heights, IL, the price of goods and services are 8% higher than the average of Illinois as well as 6% higher than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Prospect Heights is 16% higher than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Prospect Heights is 15% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Prospect Heights is 34% higher than 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

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Prospect Heights, IL by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Prospect Heights, IL have a median income of $65,429. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,527 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $51,595, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,204.

Illinois Sales Tax

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Illinois Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Prospect Heights, 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

ItemProspect HeightsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $45.00$34.6829.8%
Toothpaste $2.34$2.475.4%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $13.75$9.8739.3%
Bowling $5.00$4.3913.9%


ItemProspect HeightsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.37$4.4820.0%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.463.0%
Milk $1.74$2.3626.2%
Potatoes $2.50$3.0618.3%
Pizza $10.99$9.2418.9%
Beer $14.25$8.6365.1%

Health Care

ItemProspect HeightsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $95.00$99.784.8%
Doctor $100.00$105.034.8%
Dentist $100.00$88.7012.7%
Ibuprofen $9.24$9.411.8%
Lipitor $262.00$298.5012.2%


ItemProspect HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $258,600.00$175,700.0047.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,500.61$1,081.0338.8%
Apartment Rent $953.00$920.003.6%


ItemProspect HeightsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.29$2.099.5%
Tire Balancing $53.31$45.2917.7%


ItemProspect HeightsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$173.99$170.801.9%
Phone $30.05$28.266.3%
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.

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North Chicago, IL30,76099-1%
Stone Park, IL4,9591011%
Northlake, IL12,3681033%
Melrose Park, IL25,5141044%
Franklin Park, IL18,3891044%
Prospect Heights, IL16,34411515%

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Prospect Heights, IL16,34411515%
Source: The Prospect Heights, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.