Rio Rico 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.
IndexRio RicoArizonaNational
Cost of living index9097100
IndexRio RicoArizonaNational
Goods & Services index9297100
Groceries index102100100
Health care index95100100
Housing index7694100
Transportation index100102100
Utilities index10298100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Rio Rico, AZ cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Arizona and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Rio Rico, AZ is 90, which is 7% lower than the Arizona 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 Rio Rico, AZ are 5% lower than the average for Arizona and 8% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Rio Rico is 7% lower than the Arizona average.
  • The cost of living in Rio Rico is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Rio Rico is 24% lower than the national average.
  • Arizona general sales tax is 10% higher than the national average.
  • Arizona state income tax is 16% higher than the national average.

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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Rio Rico, AZ to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Rio Rico, AZ, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Rio Rico, AZ salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Rio Rico, AZ, 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 Rio Rico, AZ, the median monthly income is $53,668 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,252 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $29,366, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $685 on monthly rental expenses.

Arizona Sales Tax

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Arizona Income Tax

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For those who live in Rio Rico, AZ and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Arizona income tax rate and the Arizona 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 Arizona, the sales tax is 5.6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 10.725%. 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 Arizona, the income tax rate ranges between 2.59% to 4.54%.

Goods & Services

ItemRio RicoNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.28$15.5627.6%
Beauty Salon $29.23$36.1119.0%
Toothpaste $2.08$2.4716.0%
Shampoo $0.84$0.9613.0%
Movie $8.00$10.1321.0%
Bowling $3.60$4.7424.0%


ItemRio RicoNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.74$3.986.0%
Fried Chicken $1.43$1.411.6%
Milk $1.61$2.0622.0%
Potatoes $2.95$2.981.0%
Pizza $9.55$9.470.8%
Beer $8.72$8.790.9%

Health Care

ItemRio RicoNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $87.63$101.0413.3%
Doctor $93.04$107.4413.4%
Dentist $86.29$90.424.6%
Ibuprofen $9.44$9.281.8%
Lipitor $437.31$426.502.5%


ItemRio RicoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $130,600.00$175,700.0025.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,070.43$1,133.235.5%
Apartment Rent $726.00$920.0021.1%


ItemRio RicoNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.06$1.993.5%
Tire Balancing $42.25$45.767.7%


ItemRio RicoNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$178.73$163.819.1%
Phone $26.63$28.396.2%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Tumacacori-Carmen, AZ64672-28%
Beyerville, AZ30186-14%
Nogales, AZ20,69987-13%
Patagonia, AZ69790-10%
Kino Springs, AZ22790-10%
Rio Rico, AZ18,83790-10%

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Stevenson Ranch, CA18,83216565%
Cameron Park, CA18,83112828%
Ruskin, FL18,84694-6%
Rio Rico, AZ18,83790-10%
Source: The Rio Rico, AZ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.