Tahlequah 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.
IndexTahlequahOklahomaNational
Cost of living index8886100
IndexTahlequahOklahomaNational
Goods & Services index10294100
Groceries index9993100
Health care index9193100
Housing index6769100
Transportation index8288100
Utilities index9095100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Tahlequah, OK cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Oklahoma and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Tahlequah, OK is 88, which is 2% higher than the Oklahoma average and 12% 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 Tahlequah, OK are 9% higher than the average for Oklahoma and 2% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Tahlequah is 2% higher than the Oklahoma average.
  • The cost of living in Tahlequah is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Tahlequah is 33% lower than the national average.
  • Oklahoma general sales tax is 12% lower than the national average.
  • Oklahoma state income tax is 78% 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$51,987$4,332$1,213$1,560
Renters$20,086$1,674$469$603
The affordability of the housing market in Tahlequah, OK 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 Tahlequah, OK homeowners, the median income is $51,987. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,213 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $20,086. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $469 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Oklahoma Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Oklahoma4.5%11%

Oklahoma Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Oklahoma0.5%5.25%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Tahlequah, OK, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Oklahoma, as well as the rate for income tax in Oklahoma. 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 Oklahoma is 11%, and the sales tax in the state of Oklahoma is 4.5%. 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 Oklahoma starts from 0.5% and goes up to 5.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemTahlequahNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.48$15.5613.4%
Beauty Salon $25.14$36.1130.4%
Toothpaste $2.33$2.475.8%
Shampoo $1.11$0.9615.0%
Movie $10.24$10.131.1%
Bowling $3.50$4.7426.1%

Groceries

ItemTahlequahNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.82$3.984.1%
Fried Chicken $1.34$1.414.8%
Milk $1.94$2.065.8%
Potatoes $2.52$2.9815.5%
Pizza $11.03$9.4716.4%
Beer $7.38$8.7916.1%

Health Care

ItemTahlequahNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $89.33$101.0411.6%
Doctor $91.87$107.4414.5%
Dentist $83.78$90.427.3%
Ibuprofen $8.69$9.286.3%
Lipitor $391.01$426.508.3%

Housing

ItemTahlequahNational avg.Difference
Home Price $120,600.00$175,700.0031.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $953.63$1,133.2315.8%
Apartment Rent $572.00$920.0037.8%

Transportation

ItemTahlequahNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.71$1.9914.1%
Tire Balancing $33.89$45.7625.9%

Utilities

ItemTahlequahNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$146.44$163.8110.6%
Phone $26.00$28.398.4%
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.
Gideon, OK1796-4%
Proctor, OK15271-29%
Dry Creek, OK25675-25%
Cedar Crest, OK24077-23%
Chewey, OK9875-25%
Tahlequah, OK16,19088-12%

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Tahlequah, OK16,19088-12%
Source: The Tahlequah, OK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.