Rock Springs 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.
IndexRock SpringsWyomingNational
Cost of living index10096100
IndexRock SpringsWyomingNational
Goods & Services index10191100
Groceries index9597100
Health care index91101100
Housing index103101100
Transportation index10687100
Utilities index94100100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Rock Springs, WY. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Rock Springs, WY being 100, that puts it 5% higher than the average of Wyoming and equal to 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 Rock Springs, WY, the price of goods and services are 11% higher than the average of Wyoming as well as 1% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Rock Springs is 5% higher than the Wyoming average.
  • The cost of living in Rock Springs is equal to the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Rock Springs is 3% higher 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 Rock Springs, 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 Rock Springs, WY, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Rock Springs, 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)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Rock Springs, 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 Rock Springs, WY, the median monthly income is $84,647 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,975 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $44,473, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,038 on monthly rental expenses.

Wyoming Sales Tax

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Wyoming Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Rock Springs, WY, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Wyoming, as well as the rate for income tax in Wyoming. 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 Wyoming is 6%, and the sales tax in the state of Wyoming is 4%. 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 Wyoming starts from 0% and goes up to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemRock SpringsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.25$14.594.5%
Beauty Salon $38.75$34.6811.7%
Toothpaste $2.32$2.476.2%
Shampoo $0.94$1.028.0%
Movie $7.44$9.8724.6%
Bowling $3.99$4.399.1%


ItemRock SpringsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.77$4.4815.8%
Fried Chicken $1.05$1.4628.3%
Milk $2.09$2.3611.3%
Potatoes $1.75$3.0642.8%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $7.99$8.637.4%

Health Care

ItemRock SpringsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $87.75$99.7812.1%
Doctor $94.00$105.0310.5%
Dentist $82.00$88.707.6%
Ibuprofen $8.24$9.4112.5%
Lipitor $279.10$298.506.5%


ItemRock SpringsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $185,100.00$175,700.005.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,027.66$1,081.034.9%
Apartment Rent $905.00$920.001.6%


ItemRock SpringsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.13$2.091.9%
Tire Balancing $53.81$45.2918.8%


ItemRock SpringsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$145.09$170.8015.1%
Phone $29.99$28.266.1%
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.
Arrowhead Springs, WY2299-1%
Reliance, WY65077-23%
Purple Sage, WY75585-15%
Superior, WY20986-14%
Clearview Acres, WY1,05591-9%
Rock Springs, WY23,6841000%

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Rock Springs, WY23,6841000%
Source: The Rock Springs, WY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.