Snowflake 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.
IndexSnowflakeArizonaNational
Cost of living index9197100
IndexSnowflakeArizonaNational
Goods & Services index9297100
Groceries index10198100
Health care index97100100
Housing index8594100
Transportation index9499100
Utilities index9399100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Snowflake, AZ is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Snowflake, AZ enjoy a cost of living index of 91. This index is 6% lower than the Arizona average, and 9% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Snowflake, AZ, the average cost of goods and services is 5% lower than it is in Arizona, and it is 8% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Snowflake is 6% lower than the Arizona average.
  • The cost of living in Snowflake is 9% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Snowflake is 15% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Snowflake, AZ to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Snowflake, AZ, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Snowflake, AZ salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$61,962$5,164$1,446$1,859
Renters$32,375$2,698$755$971
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Snowflake, AZ 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 Snowflake, AZ homeowners, is $61,962. This would allow for a maximum of $1,446 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $32,375 which would result in a maximum of $755 to be spent on rental costs.

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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Snowflake, AZ is the Arizona sales tax and Arizona income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Arizona sales tax rate is 5.6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 10.725%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Arizona income tax rates range from 2.59% to 4.54%.

Goods & Services

ItemSnowflakeNational 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

ItemSnowflakeNational 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

ItemSnowflakeNational 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

ItemSnowflakeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $142,600.00$175,700.0018.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $997.22$1,081.037.8%
Apartment Rent $865.00$920.006.0%

Transportation

ItemSnowflakeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$2.094.6%
Tire Balancing $40.00$45.2911.7%

Utilities

ItemSnowflakeNational 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.
Clay Springs, AZ67975-25%
White Mountain Lake, AZ1,91685-15%
Taylor, AZ4,11287-13%
Pinedale, AZ56093-7%
Snowflake, AZ5,59591-9%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Lake Montezuma, AZ5,59489-11%
Lebanon, KY5,59484-16%
Nelsonville, OH5,59680-20%
Delano, MN5,5981088%
Saranap, CA5,59118080%
Snowflake, AZ5,59591-9%
Source: The Snowflake, AZ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.