South Bend 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.
IndexSouth BendIndianaNational
Cost of living index8187100
IndexSouth BendIndianaNational
Goods & Services index8895100
Groceries index9092100
Health care index9295100
Housing index5772100
Transportation index11293100
Utilities index8493100

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  • The cost of living in South Bend is 7% lower than the Indiana average.
  • The cost of living in South Bend is 19% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Bend is 43% lower than the national average.
  • Indiana general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Indiana state income tax is 48% higher than the national average.
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Compare South Bend, IN Cost of living To Other Cities

Indiana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Indiana7%7%

Indiana Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Indiana3.3%3.3%

Goods & Services

ItemSouth BendNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.50$14.5913.1%
Beauty Salon $29.00$34.6816.4%
Toothpaste $2.03$2.4717.9%
Shampoo $0.88$1.0213.9%
Movie $8.15$9.8717.4%
Bowling $3.31$4.3924.6%

Groceries

ItemSouth BendNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.39$4.481.9%
Fried Chicken $1.54$1.465.2%
Milk $1.95$2.3617.3%
Potatoes $2.68$3.0612.5%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $8.45$8.632.1%

Health Care

ItemSouth BendNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.33$99.784.6%
Doctor $108.67$105.033.5%
Dentist $81.00$88.708.7%
Ibuprofen $8.24$9.4112.5%
Lipitor $229.33$298.5023.2%

Housing

ItemSouth BendNational avg.Difference
Home Price $86,400.00$181,400.0052.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $883.48$1,081.0318.3%
Apartment Rent $702.00$889.0021.0%

Transportation

ItemSouth BendNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.61$2.0924.9%
Tire Balancing $34.00$45.2924.9%

Utilities

ItemSouth BendNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$137.40$170.8019.6%
Phone $25.01$28.2611.5%
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.
Lakeville, IN74279-21%
Niles, MI11,59480-20%
Galien, MI47780-20%
La Paz, IN48180-20%
Buchanan, MI4,46380-20%
South Bend, IN101,28281-19%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Centennial, CO101,33911717%
Erie, PA101,45477-23%
Daly City, CA101,53816363%
Odessa, TX101,54587-13%
Pompano Beach, FL100,8191022%
South Bend, IN101,28281-19%
Source: The South Bend, IN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.