Ulysses 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.
IndexUlyssesKansasNational
Cost of living index8390100
IndexUlyssesKansasNational
Goods & Services index9696100
Groceries index9393100
Health care index10397100
Housing index5576100
Transportation index8893100
Utilities index9598100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Ulysses, KS is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Ulysses, KS enjoy a cost of living index of 83. This index is 8% lower than the Kansas average, and 17% 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 Ulysses, KS, the average cost of goods and services is 1% lower than it is in Kansas, and it is 5% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Ulysses is 8% lower than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Ulysses is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Ulysses is 45% 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$64,828$5,402$1,513$1,945
Renters$29,959$2,497$699$899
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Ulysses, KS by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Ulysses, KS have a median income of $64,828. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,513 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $29,959, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $699.

Kansas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Kansas6.15%9.65%

Kansas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Kansas2.7%4.6%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Ulysses, KS, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Kansas, as well as the rate for income tax in Kansas. 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 Kansas is 9.65%, and the sales tax in the state of Kansas is 6.15%. 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 Kansas starts from 2.7% and goes up to 4.6%.

Goods & Services

ItemUlyssesNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.50$15.5619.7%
Beauty Salon $32.89$36.118.9%
Toothpaste $2.24$2.479.4%
Shampoo $0.77$0.9620.2%
Movie $9.75$10.133.7%
Bowling $3.50$4.7426.1%

Groceries

ItemUlyssesNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $2.54$3.9836.2%
Fried Chicken $1.07$1.4123.7%
Milk $1.81$2.0612.5%
Potatoes $2.59$2.9813.1%
Pizza $8.49$9.4710.4%
Beer $8.16$8.797.2%

Health Care

ItemUlyssesNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $109.25$101.048.1%
Doctor $97.89$107.448.9%
Dentist $105.67$90.4216.9%
Ibuprofen $8.20$9.2811.7%
Lipitor $404.68$426.505.1%

Housing

ItemUlyssesNational avg.Difference
Home Price $94,500.00$175,700.0046.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,053.58$1,133.237.0%
Apartment Rent $543.00$920.0041.0%

Transportation

ItemUlyssesNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.76$1.9911.9%
Tire Balancing $39.88$45.7612.9%

Utilities

ItemUlyssesNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$143.29$163.8112.5%
Phone $29.99$28.395.6%
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.
Ulysses, KS6,01083-17%

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Ulysses, KS6,01083-17%
Source: The Ulysses, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.