South Salt Lake 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 Salt LakeUtahNational
Cost of living index97101100
IndexSouth Salt LakeUtahNational
Goods & Services index10196100
Groceries index9596100
Health care index9189100
Housing index92113100
Transportation index106102100
Utilities index9490100
A general overview of the cost of living index for South Salt Lake, UT is displayed above. In South Salt Lake, UT, the overall cost of living index is 97, which is 4% lower than the Utah average and 3% 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 Salt Lake, UT, the city's goods and services are 5% higher than the Utah average and 1% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in South Salt Lake is 4% lower than the Utah average.
  • The cost of living in South Salt Lake is 3% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Salt Lake is 8% lower 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$53,324$4,444$1,244$1,600
Renters$27,172$2,264$634$815
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in South Salt Lake, UT by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in South Salt Lake, UT have a median income of $53,324. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,244 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $27,172, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $634.

Utah Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Utah5.95%8.35%

Utah Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Utah5%5%
When assessing the complete cost of living in South Salt Lake, UT, the Utah income tax and the Utah sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Utah maximum surtax is 8.35%, and the Utah sales tax is 5.95%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 5% to 5% in Utah.

Goods & Services

ItemSouth Salt LakeNational 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%

Groceries

ItemSouth Salt LakeNational 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

ItemSouth Salt LakeNational 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%

Housing

ItemSouth Salt LakeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $166,100.00$175,700.005.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,027.66$1,081.034.9%
Apartment Rent $777.00$920.0015.5%

Transportation

ItemSouth Salt LakeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.13$2.091.9%
Tire Balancing $53.81$45.2918.8%

Utilities

ItemSouth Salt LakeNational 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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Magna, UT28,18296-4%
Copperton, UT55197-3%
West Valley City, UT132,32998-2%
Kearns, UT34,86599-1%
Taylorsville, UT59,9201000%
South Salt Lake, UT24,31597-3%

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Graham, WA24,33011616%
Coronado, CA24,333217117%
South Salt Lake, UT24,31597-3%
Source: The South Salt Lake, UT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.