Sioux Center 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.
IndexSioux CenterIowaNational
Cost of living index9588100
IndexSioux CenterIowaNational
Goods & Services index9593100
Groceries index9595100
Health care index10296100
Housing index9673100
Transportation index9697100
Utilities index9199100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Sioux Center, IA is displayed above. In Sioux Center, IA, the overall cost of living index is 95, which is 8% higher than the Iowa average and 5% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Sioux Center, IA, the city's goods and services are 2% higher than the Iowa average and 5% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sioux Center is 8% higher than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Sioux Center is 5% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sioux Center is 4% lower than the national average.
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Iowa state income tax is 84% lower 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$78,654$6,555$1,835$2,360
Renters$31,480$2,623$734$944
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Sioux Center, IA 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 Sioux Center, IA homeowners, is $78,654. This would allow for a maximum of $1,835 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $31,480 which would result in a maximum of $734 to be spent on rental costs.

Iowa Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Iowa6%7%

Iowa Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Iowa0.36%8.98%
For those who live in Sioux Center, IA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Iowa income tax rate and the Iowa 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 Iowa, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7%. 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 Iowa, the income tax rate ranges between 0.36% to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemSioux CenterNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.83$14.598.5%
Beauty Salon $28.50$34.6817.8%
Toothpaste $2.36$2.474.6%
Shampoo $0.90$1.0211.9%
Movie $9.79$9.870.8%
Bowling $3.61$4.3917.8%

Groceries

ItemSioux CenterNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.53$4.481.2%
Fried Chicken $1.47$1.460.4%
Milk $2.33$2.361.1%
Potatoes $2.80$3.068.5%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $7.90$8.638.5%

Health Care

ItemSioux CenterNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.40$99.782.6%
Doctor $136.00$105.0329.5%
Dentist $73.25$88.7017.4%
Ibuprofen $9.30$9.411.2%
Lipitor $306.52$298.502.7%

Housing

ItemSioux CenterNational avg.Difference
Home Price $184,300.00$175,700.004.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $887.51$1,081.0317.9%
Apartment Rent $703.00$920.0023.6%

Transportation

ItemSioux CenterNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.92$2.098.0%
Tire Balancing $47.97$45.295.9%

Utilities

ItemSioux CenterNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$157.32$170.807.9%
Phone $24.99$28.2611.6%
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.
Matlock, IA9479-21%
Hudson, SD29979-21%
Craig, IA5279-21%
Struble, IA6280-20%
Granville, IA34881-19%
Sioux Center, IA7,21895-5%

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Devils Lake, ND7,21886-14%
Westphalia, MD7,21712323%
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Southgate, FL7,2201033%
Navasota, TX7,21582-18%
Sioux Center, IA7,21895-5%
Source: The Sioux Center, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.