South Milwaukee 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 MilwaukeeWisconsinNational
Cost of living index9698100
IndexSouth MilwaukeeWisconsinNational
Goods & Services index97100100
Groceries index103100100
Health care index115112100
Housing index8791100
Transportation index8999100
Utilities index110102100
A general overview of the cost of living index for South Milwaukee, WI is displayed above. In South Milwaukee, WI, the overall cost of living index is 96, which is 2% lower than the Wisconsin average and 4% 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 South Milwaukee, WI, the city's goods and services are 3% lower than the Wisconsin average and 3% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in South Milwaukee is 2% lower than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in South Milwaukee is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Milwaukee is 13% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 98% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in South Milwaukee, WI 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 South Milwaukee, WI homeowners, is $67,578. This would allow for a maximum of $1,577 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $32,452 which would result in a maximum of $757 to be spent on rental costs.

Wisconsin Sales Tax

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Wisconsin Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in South Milwaukee, WI, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Wisconsin, as well as the rate for income tax in Wisconsin. 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 Wisconsin is 5.6%, and the sales tax in the state of Wisconsin is 5%. 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 Wisconsin starts from 4.4% and goes up to 7.65%.

Goods & Services

ItemSouth MilwaukeeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.99$14.599.6%
Beauty Salon $30.60$34.6811.8%
Toothpaste $2.51$2.471.5%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0212.9%
Movie $9.80$9.870.7%
Bowling $3.25$4.3926.0%


ItemSouth MilwaukeeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.32$4.4825.8%
Fried Chicken $1.86$1.4627.0%
Milk $2.20$2.366.6%
Potatoes $2.35$3.0623.2%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $7.97$8.637.7%

Health Care

ItemSouth MilwaukeeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $52.40$99.7847.5%
Doctor $166.00$105.0358.0%
Dentist $91.60$88.703.3%
Ibuprofen $9.19$9.412.4%
Lipitor $315.77$298.505.8%


ItemSouth MilwaukeeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $157,500.00$175,700.0010.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,141.54$1,081.035.6%
Apartment Rent $744.00$920.0019.1%


ItemSouth MilwaukeeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.89$2.099.6%
Tire Balancing $37.95$45.2916.2%


ItemSouth MilwaukeeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$169.20$170.800.9%
Phone $35.25$28.2624.8%
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.
Racine, WI78,34791-9%
Milwaukee, WI598,07892-8%
West Milwaukee, WI4,21493-7%
West Allis, WI60,59595-5%
St. Francis, WI9,48895-5%
South Milwaukee, WI21,21096-4%

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Source: The South Milwaukee, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.