Sparks 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.
IndexSparksNevadaNational
Cost of living index105103100
IndexSparksNevadaNational
Goods & Services index111106100
Groceries index102103100
Health care index107105100
Housing index10199100
Transportation index117116100
Utilities index9291100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Sparks, NV cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Sparks, NV is 105, which is 2% higher than the Nevada average and 5% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Sparks, NV are 5% higher than the Nevada average and 11% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sparks is 2% higher than the Nevada average.
  • The cost of living in Sparks is 5% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sparks is 1% higher than the national average.
  • Nevada general sales tax is 35% higher than the national average.
  • Nevada state income tax is 100% 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$65,982$5,499$1,539$1,980
Renters$38,777$3,231$905$1,163
The affordability of the housing market in Sparks, NV as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Sparks, NV homeowners, the median income is $65,982. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,539 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $38,777. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $905 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Nevada Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Nevada6.85%8.1%

Nevada Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Nevada0%0%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Sparks, NV you will want to make sure you consider both the Nevada sales tax and the Nevada income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Nevada is 6.85%, with the highest surtax being 8.1%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Nevada have a range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemSparksNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.17$15.569.0%
Beauty Salon $40.97$36.1113.5%
Toothpaste $3.08$2.4724.6%
Shampoo $1.15$0.9618.8%
Movie $10.25$10.131.2%
Bowling $4.42$4.746.7%

Groceries

ItemSparksNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.69$3.987.5%
Fried Chicken $1.09$1.4122.3%
Milk $2.53$2.0622.6%
Potatoes $2.78$2.986.8%
Pizza $11.00$9.4716.1%
Beer $9.15$8.794.1%

Health Care

ItemSparksNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.92$101.041.9%
Doctor $135.40$107.4426.0%
Dentist $91.47$90.421.2%
Ibuprofen $10.87$9.2817.1%
Lipitor $374.94$426.5012.1%

Housing

ItemSparksNational avg.Difference
Home Price $176,500.00$175,700.000.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,081.61$1,133.234.6%
Apartment Rent $949.00$920.003.2%

Transportation

ItemSparksNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.52$1.9926.6%
Tire Balancing $42.99$45.766.1%

Utilities

ItemSparksNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$140.54$163.8114.2%
Phone $28.40$28.390.0%
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.
Sun Valley, NV18,77895-5%
Lemmon Valley, NV5,5851000%
Cold Springs, NV8,6061033%
Reno, NV231,1031077%
Floriston, CA5811212%
Sparks, NV92,2361055%

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Roswell, GA92,36411414%
Carson, CA92,47513333%
Beaverton, OR92,59312121%
Hesperia, CA91,7571066%
Federal Way, WA91,67611515%
Sparks, NV92,2361055%
Source: The Sparks, NV cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.