San Tan Valley 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.
IndexSan Tan ValleyArizonaNational
Cost of living index9397100
IndexSan Tan ValleyArizonaNational
Goods & Services index9297100
Groceries index10198100
Health care index97100100
Housing index9294100
Transportation index9499100
Utilities index9399100
Displayed above is a general overview of the San Tan Valley, AZ cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in San Tan Valley, AZ is 93, which is 3% lower than the Arizona average and 7% 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 San Tan Valley, AZ are 5% lower than the Arizona average and 8% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in San Tan Valley is 3% lower than the Arizona average.
  • The cost of living in San Tan Valley is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in San Tan Valley is 8% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$63,747$5,312$1,487$1,913
Renters$47,722$3,977$1,113$1,432
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in San Tan Valley, 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 San Tan Valley, AZ, the median monthly income is $63,747 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,487 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $47,722, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,113 on monthly rental expenses.

Arizona Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Arizona5.6%10.725%

Arizona Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Arizona2.59%4.54%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in San Tan Valley, AZ, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Arizona, as well as the rate for income tax in Arizona. 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 Arizona is 10.725%, and the sales tax in the state of Arizona is 5.6%. 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 Arizona starts from 2.59% and goes up to 4.54%.

Goods & Services

ItemSan Tan ValleyNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.00$14.5910.9%
Beauty Salon $25.00$34.6827.9%
Toothpaste $1.69$2.4731.7%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $9.50$9.873.7%
Bowling $4.50$4.392.5%

Groceries

ItemSan Tan ValleyNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.64$4.483.6%
Fried Chicken $1.92$1.4631.1%
Milk $1.94$2.3617.7%
Potatoes $3.41$3.0611.4%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $8.07$8.636.5%

Health Care

ItemSan Tan ValleyNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.00$99.7815.8%
Doctor $100.00$105.034.8%
Dentist $100.00$88.7012.7%
Ibuprofen $7.99$9.4115.1%
Lipitor $248.90$298.5016.6%

Housing

ItemSan Tan ValleyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $135,100.00$175,700.0023.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $997.22$1,081.037.8%
Apartment Rent $1,170.00$920.0027.2%

Transportation

ItemSan Tan ValleyNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$2.094.6%
Tire Balancing $40.00$45.2911.7%

Utilities

ItemSan Tan ValleyNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$184.52$170.808.0%
Phone $19.99$28.2629.3%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Sacaton, AZ3,13174-26%
Sacaton Flats Village, AZ43675-25%
Upper Santan Village, AZ46076-24%
Lower Santan Village, AZ52576-24%
Apache Junction, AZ36,96584-16%
San Tan Valley, AZ86,74393-7%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Nashua, NH86,79912020%
Newport Beach, CA86,594215115%
Newton, MA86,94519090%
Whittier, CA86,40013939%
San Leandro, CA87,15914040%
San Tan Valley, AZ86,74393-7%
Source: The San Tan Valley, AZ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.