Topeka 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 index8790100
Goods & Services index10499100
Groceries index9893100
Health care index9296100
Housing index6176100
Transportation index8789100
Utilities index9298100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Topeka, KS is shown above. Compared to the state average of Kansas the cost of living index in Topeka, KS is 87, which is 3% lower than the average in Kansas and compared to the national average it is 13% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Topeka, KS goods and services come in at 5% higher than the average in Kansas and are 4% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Topeka is 3% lower than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Topeka is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Topeka is 39% lower than the national average.
  • Kansas general sales tax is 21% higher than the national average.
  • Kansas state income tax is 21% 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 Topeka, KS 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 Topeka, KS homeowners, the median income is $56,764. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,324 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $27,648. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $645 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Kansas Sales Tax

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Kansas Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Topeka, KS you will want to make sure you consider both the Kansas sales tax and the Kansas 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 Kansas is 6.15%, with the highest surtax being 9.65%. 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 Kansas have a range from 2.7% to 4.6%.

Goods & Services

ItemTopekaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.40$14.595.5%
Beauty Salon $27.20$34.6821.6%
Toothpaste $2.15$2.4713.1%
Shampoo $0.91$1.0211.0%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $4.95$4.3912.7%


ItemTopekaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.85$4.488.3%
Fried Chicken $1.79$1.4622.3%
Milk $1.71$2.3627.4%
Potatoes $2.57$3.0616.1%
Pizza $9.34$9.241.1%
Beer $8.39$8.632.8%

Health Care

ItemTopekaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $129.00$99.7829.3%
Doctor $81.50$105.0322.4%
Dentist $79.40$88.7010.5%
Ibuprofen $8.71$9.417.5%
Lipitor $299.67$298.500.4%


ItemTopekaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $95,400.00$175,700.0045.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $822.01$1,081.0324.0%
Apartment Rent $708.00$920.0023.0%


ItemTopekaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.79$2.0914.5%
Tire Balancing $40.94$45.299.6%


ItemTopekaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$156.56$170.808.3%
Phone $26.01$28.267.9%
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.
Willard, KS9681-19%
Delia, KS17783-17%
Carbondale, KS1,36783-17%
Grantville, KS6687-13%
Hoyt, KS74687-13%
Topeka, KS127,66087-13%

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Topeka, KS127,66087-13%
Source: The Topeka, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.