Rawlins 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.
IndexRawlinsWyomingNational
Cost of living index9096100
IndexRawlinsWyomingNational
Goods & Services index9191100
Groceries index9797100
Health care index101101100
Housing index83101100
Transportation index8787100
Utilities index100100100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Rawlins, WY cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Wyoming and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Rawlins, WY is 90, which is 6% lower than the Wyoming average and 10% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Rawlins, WY are equal to the average for Wyoming and 9% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Rawlins is 6% lower than the Wyoming average.
  • The cost of living in Rawlins is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Rawlins is 17% lower than the national average.
  • Wyoming general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • Wyoming state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Rawlins, WY to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Rawlins, WY, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Rawlins, WY salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$69,840$5,820$1,629$2,095
Renters$40,313$3,359$941$1,210
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Rawlins, WY, 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 Rawlins, WY, the median monthly income is $69,840 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,629 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $40,313, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $941 on monthly rental expenses.

Wyoming Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Wyoming4%6%

Wyoming Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Wyoming0%0%
For those who live in Rawlins, WY and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Wyoming income tax rate and the Wyoming 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 Wyoming, the sales tax is 4%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 6%. 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 Wyoming, the income tax rate ranges between 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemRawlinsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.00$14.594.1%
Beauty Salon $31.00$34.6810.6%
Toothpaste $3.39$2.4737.1%
Shampoo $0.91$1.0211.0%
Movie $8.50$9.8713.9%
Bowling $3.00$4.3931.7%

Groceries

ItemRawlinsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.85$4.488.3%
Fried Chicken $1.09$1.4625.5%
Milk $2.45$2.364.0%
Potatoes $2.15$3.0629.8%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $8.92$8.633.3%

Health Care

ItemRawlinsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $134.33$99.7834.6%
Doctor $97.50$105.037.2%
Dentist $89.00$88.700.3%
Ibuprofen $9.27$9.411.5%
Lipitor $310.78$298.504.1%

Housing

ItemRawlinsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $141,600.00$175,700.0019.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $962.56$1,081.0311.0%
Apartment Rent $810.00$920.0012.0%

Transportation

ItemRawlinsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.85$2.0911.3%
Tire Balancing $36.65$45.2919.1%

Utilities

ItemRawlinsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$149.54$170.8012.4%
Phone $33.10$28.2617.1%
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.
Sinclair, WY40788-12%
Rawlins, WY9,19890-10%

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