Sullivan 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.
IndexSullivanIndianaNational
Cost of living index8487100
IndexSullivanIndianaNational
Goods & Services index9994100
Groceries index10894100
Health care index9395100
Housing index5273100
Transportation index9492100
Utilities index8390100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Sullivan, IN is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Sullivan, IN enjoy a cost of living index of 84. This index is 4% lower than the Indiana average, and 16% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Sullivan, IN, the average cost of goods and services is 6% higher than it is in Indiana, and it is 1% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sullivan is 4% lower than the Indiana average.
  • The cost of living in Sullivan is 16% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sullivan is 48% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$46,563$3,880$1,086$1,397
Renters$16,932$1,411$395$508
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Sullivan, IN 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 Sullivan, IN homeowners, is $46,563. This would allow for a maximum of $1,086 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $16,932 which would result in a maximum of $395 to be spent on rental costs.

Indiana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Indiana7%7%

Indiana Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Indiana3.3%3.3%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Sullivan, IN is the Indiana sales tax and Indiana income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Indiana sales tax rate is 7% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Indiana income tax rates range from 3.3% to 3.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemSullivanNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.85$15.561.8%
Beauty Salon $37.65$36.114.3%
Toothpaste $2.06$2.4716.6%
Shampoo $0.96$0.961.0%
Movie $10.47$10.133.4%
Bowling $4.06$4.7414.3%

Groceries

ItemSullivanNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.29$3.987.6%
Fried Chicken $1.39$1.411.3%
Milk $2.11$2.062.3%
Potatoes $3.31$2.9810.9%
Pizza $9.83$9.473.8%
Beer $9.21$8.794.7%

Health Care

ItemSullivanNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $136.79$101.0435.4%
Doctor $76.69$107.4428.6%
Dentist $81.31$90.4210.1%
Ibuprofen $10.99$9.2818.4%
Lipitor $428.12$426.500.4%

Housing

ItemSullivanNational avg.Difference
Home Price $71,500.00$175,700.0059.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $938.33$1,133.2317.2%
Apartment Rent $717.00$920.0022.1%

Transportation

ItemSullivanNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.98$1.990.7%
Tire Balancing $37.50$45.7618.0%

Utilities

ItemSullivanNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$151.45$163.817.5%
Phone $19.96$28.3929.7%
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.
West York, IL12471-29%
Flat Rock, IL33878-22%
West Union, IL33979-21%
Jasonville, IN2,40679-21%
Shelburn, IN1,25480-20%
Sullivan, IN4,20384-16%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
West Reading, PA4,20498-2%
Leisure Village, NJ4,20198-2%
East Hampton North, NY4,20118686%
Fordyce, AR4,20580-20%
Sparta, MI4,19984-16%
Sullivan, IN4,20384-16%
Source: The Sullivan, IN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.