Sandy 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.
Cost of living index113101100
Goods & Services index10196100
Groceries index9596100
Health care index9189100
Housing index145113100
Transportation index106102100
Utilities index9490100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Sandy, UT cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Utah and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Sandy, UT is 113, which is 12% higher than the Utah average and 13% higher 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 Sandy, UT are 5% higher than the average for Utah and 1% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sandy is 12% higher than the Utah average.
  • The cost of living in Sandy is 13% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sandy is 45% higher than the national average.
  • Utah general sales tax is 17% higher than the national average.
  • Utah state income tax is 125% higher than the national average.

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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Sandy, UT 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 Sandy, UT, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Sandy, UT 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)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Sandy, UT as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Sandy, UT homeowners, is $86,634. This would allow for a maximum of $2,021 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $47,787 which would result in a maximum of $1,115 to be spent on rental costs.

Utah Sales Tax

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Utah Income Tax

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For those who live in Sandy, UT and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Utah income tax rate and the Utah 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 Utah, the sales tax is 5.95%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8.35%. 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 Utah, the income tax rate ranges between 5% to 5%.

Goods & Services

ItemSandyNational 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%


ItemSandyNational 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

ItemSandyNational 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%


ItemSandyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $272,300.00$175,700.0055.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,027.66$1,081.034.9%
Apartment Rent $1,123.00$920.0022.1%


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


ItemSandyNational 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.
Magna, UT28,18296-4%
South Salt Lake, UT24,31597-3%
Copperton, UT55197-3%
West Valley City, UT132,32998-2%
Kearns, UT34,86599-1%
Sandy, UT89,52111313%

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Toms River, NJ89,45912424%
Santa Barbara, CA89,66918989%
Allen, TX89,84511313%
League City, TX88,979100-0%
Lawrence, KS90,19498-2%
Sandy, UT89,52111313%
Source: The Sandy, UT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.