Tolleson 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.
IndexTollesonArizonaNational
Cost of living index8697100
IndexTollesonArizonaNational
Goods & Services index9297100
Groceries index10198100
Health care index97100100
Housing index6794100
Transportation index9499100
Utilities index9399100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Tolleson, AZ is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Tolleson, AZ enjoy a cost of living index of 86. This index is 11% lower than the Arizona average, and 14% 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 Tolleson, AZ, the average cost of goods and services is 5% lower than it is in Arizona, and it is 8% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Tolleson is 11% lower than the Arizona average.
  • The cost of living in Tolleson is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Tolleson is 33% lower than the national average.
  • Arizona general sales tax is 10% higher than the national average.
  • Arizona state income tax is 16% 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$42,288$3,524$987$1,269
Renters$30,766$2,564$718$923
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Tolleson, AZ, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Tolleson, AZ, the median monthly income is $42,288 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $987 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $30,766, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $718 on monthly rental expenses.

Arizona Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Arizona5.6%10.725%

Arizona Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Arizona2.59%4.54%
For those who live in Tolleson, AZ and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Arizona income tax rate and the Arizona sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Arizona, the sales tax is 5.6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 10.725%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Arizona, the income tax rate ranges between 2.59% to 4.54%.

Goods & Services

ItemTollesonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.00$14.5910.9%
Beauty Salon $25.00$34.6827.9%
Toothpaste $1.69$2.4731.7%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $9.50$9.873.7%
Bowling $4.50$4.392.5%

Groceries

ItemTollesonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.64$4.483.6%
Fried Chicken $1.92$1.4631.1%
Milk $1.94$2.3617.7%
Potatoes $3.41$3.0611.4%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $8.07$8.636.5%

Health Care

ItemTollesonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.00$99.7815.8%
Doctor $100.00$105.034.8%
Dentist $100.00$88.7012.7%
Ibuprofen $7.99$9.4115.1%
Lipitor $248.90$298.5016.6%

Housing

ItemTollesonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $99,400.00$175,700.0043.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $997.22$1,081.037.8%
Apartment Rent $832.00$920.009.6%

Transportation

ItemTollesonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$2.094.6%
Tire Balancing $40.00$45.2911.7%

Utilities

ItemTollesonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$184.52$170.808.0%
Phone $19.99$28.2629.3%
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.
Santa Cruz, AZ096-4%
Goodyear Village, AZ49676-24%
Komatke, AZ1,41881-19%
Youngtown, AZ6,29986-14%
El Mirage, AZ32,60088-12%
Tolleson, AZ6,70786-14%

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Evergreen, MT6,71191-9%
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Aberdeen, NC6,70299-1%
Middlebury, VT6,71311818%
Tolleson, AZ6,70786-14%
Source: The Tolleson, AZ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.