Sparta 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.
Cost of living index8789100
Goods & Services index10195100
Groceries index9492100
Health care index9596100
Housing index6273100
Transportation index9797100
Utilities index96100100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Sparta, MI cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Michigan and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Sparta, MI is 87, which is 2% lower than the Michigan average and 13% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Sparta, MI are 6% higher than the average for Michigan and 1% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Sparta is 2% lower than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Sparta is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sparta is 38% lower than the national average.
  • Michigan general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Michigan state income tax is 91% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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The affordability of the housing market in Sparta, MI 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 Sparta, MI homeowners, the median income is $60,396. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,409 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $30,606. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $714 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Michigan Sales Tax

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Michigan Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Sparta, MI you will want to make sure you consider both the Michigan sales tax and the Michigan 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 Michigan is 6%, with the highest surtax being 6%. 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 Michigan have a range from 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemSpartaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.00$14.599.6%
Beauty Salon $35.00$34.680.9%
Toothpaste $1.72$2.4730.5%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $10.15$9.872.9%
Bowling $4.27$4.392.8%


ItemSpartaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4618.7%
Milk $2.45$2.364.0%
Potatoes $2.82$3.067.9%
Pizza $8.96$9.243.1%
Beer $9.04$8.634.7%

Health Care

ItemSpartaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.50$99.7815.3%
Doctor $94.00$105.0310.5%
Dentist $79.67$88.7010.2%
Ibuprofen $8.48$9.419.9%
Lipitor $342.99$298.5014.9%


ItemSpartaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $104,200.00$175,700.0040.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $849.65$1,081.0321.4%
Apartment Rent $625.00$920.0032.1%


ItemSpartaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.95$2.096.8%
Tire Balancing $48.00$45.296.0%


ItemSpartaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.83$170.806.4%
Phone $27.99$28.260.9%
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.
Sand Lake village, MI50382-18%
Kent City, MI1,11382-18%
Pierson, MI20783-17%
Casnovia, MI47985-15%
Grant, MI80985-15%
Sparta, MI4,19987-13%

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East Hampton North, NY4,20118787%
Sullivan, IN4,20387-13%
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Source: The Sparta, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.