Utica 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.
IndexUticaMichiganNational
Cost of living index8889100
IndexUticaMichiganNational
Goods & Services index9695100
Groceries index9092100
Health care index9996100
Housing index6773100
Transportation index9897100
Utilities index105100100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Utica, MI is displayed above. In Utica, MI, the overall cost of living index is 88, which is 1% lower than the Michigan average and 12% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Utica, MI, the city's goods and services are 1% higher than the Michigan average and 4% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Utica is 1% lower than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Utica is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Utica is 33% lower than the national average.
  • Michigan general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Michigan state income tax is 91% higher than the national average.

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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Utica, MI to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Utica, MI, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Utica, MI salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$65,872$5,489$1,537$1,976
Renters$35,114$2,926$819$1,054
The affordability of the housing market in Utica, MI 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 Utica, MI homeowners, the median income is $65,872. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,537 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $35,114. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $819 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Michigan Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Michigan6%6%

Michigan Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Michigan4.25%4.25%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Utica, MI, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Michigan, as well as the rate for income tax in Michigan. 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 Michigan is 6%, and the sales tax in the state of Michigan is 6%. 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 Michigan starts from 4.25% and goes up to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemUticaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.10$14.5910.3%
Beauty Salon $48.30$34.6839.3%
Toothpaste $1.94$2.4721.6%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0212.9%
Movie $9.93$9.870.6%
Bowling $3.41$4.3922.4%

Groceries

ItemUticaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.26$4.484.8%
Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4618.7%
Milk $1.97$2.3616.4%
Potatoes $2.74$3.0610.5%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $8.39$8.632.8%

Health Care

ItemUticaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.50$99.7818.3%
Doctor $106.00$105.030.9%
Dentist $89.30$88.700.7%
Ibuprofen $8.22$9.4112.7%
Lipitor $309.77$298.503.8%

Housing

ItemUticaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $109,300.00$175,700.0037.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $927.72$1,081.0314.2%
Apartment Rent $713.00$920.0022.5%

Transportation

ItemUticaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.95$2.096.9%
Tire Balancing $50.92$45.2912.4%

Utilities

ItemUticaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$178.99$170.804.8%
Phone $29.99$28.266.1%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Center Line, MI8,27980-20%
Pontiac, MI59,65881-19%
Hazel Park, MI16,53282-18%
Mount Clemens, MI16,34582-18%
Roseville, MI47,40884-16%
Utica, MI4,74788-12%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Park Layne, OH4,74788-12%
Peculiar, MO4,74791-9%
Lakeport, CA4,74611313%
Fox River Grove, IL4,74911414%
East Harwich, MA4,74914747%
Utica, MI4,74788-12%
Source: The Utica, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.