Rensselaer 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.
IndexRensselaerIndianaNational
Cost of living index8887100
IndexRensselaerIndianaNational
Goods & Services index9894100
Groceries index10094100
Health care index10295100
Housing index6673100
Transportation index10892100
Utilities index8690100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Rensselaer, IN cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Rensselaer, IN is 88, which is 1% higher than the Indiana average and 12% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Rensselaer, IN are 4% higher than the Indiana average and 2% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Rensselaer is 1% higher than the Indiana average.
  • The cost of living in Rensselaer is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Rensselaer is 34% lower than the national average.
  • Indiana general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Indiana state income tax is 48% 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$62,891$5,241$1,467$1,887
Renters$23,873$1,989$557$716
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Rensselaer, IN, 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 Rensselaer, IN, the median monthly income is $62,891 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,467 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $23,873, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $557 on monthly rental expenses.

Indiana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Indiana7%7%

Indiana Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Indiana3.3%3.3%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Rensselaer, IN is the Indiana sales tax and Indiana income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Indiana sales tax rate is 7% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Indiana income tax rates range from 3.3% to 3.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemRensselaerNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.19$15.562.4%
Beauty Salon $31.59$36.1112.5%
Toothpaste $2.03$2.4717.9%
Shampoo $0.84$0.9613.0%
Movie $7.66$10.1324.4%
Bowling $5.05$4.746.6%

Groceries

ItemRensselaerNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.42$3.9835.9%
Fried Chicken $1.52$1.418.2%
Milk $1.87$2.069.2%
Potatoes $3.81$2.9827.7%
Pizza $8.94$9.475.6%
Beer $8.16$8.797.2%

Health Care

ItemRensselaerNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $93.41$101.047.6%
Doctor $119.33$107.4411.1%
Dentist $90.11$90.420.3%
Ibuprofen $8.48$9.288.7%
Lipitor $428.77$426.500.5%

Housing

ItemRensselaerNational avg.Difference
Home Price $112,900.00$175,700.0035.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $891.46$1,133.2321.3%
Apartment Rent $637.00$920.0030.8%

Transportation

ItemRensselaerNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.02$1.991.5%
Tire Balancing $55.77$45.7621.9%

Utilities

ItemRensselaerNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$157.05$163.814.1%
Phone $20.95$28.3926.2%
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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Collegeville, IN33794-6%
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Mount Ayr, IN12883-17%
Medaryville, IN60080-20%
Brook, IN1,16484-16%
Rensselaer, IN5,78788-12%

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Rensselaer, IN5,78788-12%
Source: The Rensselaer, IN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.