Trenton 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 index8291100
Goods & Services index10399100
Groceries index8995100
Health care index9997100
Housing index4979100
Transportation index8787100
Utilities index93104100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Trenton, MO is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Trenton, MO enjoy a cost of living index of 82. This index is 10% lower than the Missouri average, and 18% 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 Trenton, MO, the average cost of goods and services is 5% higher than it is in Missouri, and it is 3% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Trenton is 10% lower than the Missouri average.
  • The cost of living in Trenton is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Trenton is 51% lower than the national average.
  • Missouri general sales tax is 17% lower than the national average.
  • Missouri state income tax is 33% lower 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 Trenton, MO 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 Trenton, MO homeowners, the median income is $44,211. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,032 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $18,262. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $426 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Missouri Sales Tax

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Missouri Income Tax

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The Missouri sales tax and Missouri income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Trenton, MO. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Missouri sales tax is 4.225% and the maximum surtax is 9.35%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Missouri income tax rates range from 1.5% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemTrentonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.67$14.590.5%
Beauty Salon $32.43$34.686.5%
Toothpaste $1.86$2.4724.8%
Shampoo $1.17$1.0214.5%
Movie $9.36$9.875.2%
Bowling $4.11$4.396.4%


ItemTrentonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.74$4.485.9%
Fried Chicken $1.25$1.4614.6%
Milk $2.35$2.360.3%
Potatoes $2.52$3.0617.7%
Pizza $7.49$9.2419.0%
Beer $7.77$8.6310.0%

Health Care

ItemTrentonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $95.50$99.784.3%
Doctor $101.50$105.033.4%
Dentist $89.10$88.700.4%
Ibuprofen $8.37$9.4111.1%
Lipitor $306.77$298.502.8%


ItemTrentonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $73,800.00$175,700.0058.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,000.66$1,081.037.4%
Apartment Rent $596.00$920.0035.2%


ItemTrentonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.77$2.0915.5%
Tire Balancing $43.05$45.294.9%


ItemTrentonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$162.80$170.804.7%
Phone $25.01$28.2611.5%
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.
Osgood, MO1492-8%
Laredo, MO21574-26%
Humphreys, MO9374-26%
Galt, MO26474-26%
Brimson, MO6075-25%
Trenton, MO6,05882-18%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
University at Buffalo, NY6,0581055%
South Oroville, CA6,05811111%
Zephyrhills South, FL6,05981-19%
Byron Center, MI6,0571022%
Peoria Heights, IL6,05686-14%
Trenton, MO6,05882-18%
Source: The Trenton, MO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.