Vandercook Lake 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.
IndexVandercook LakeMichiganNational
Cost of living index8089100
IndexVandercook LakeMichiganNational
Goods & Services index8995100
Groceries index8392100
Health care index9596100
Housing index5673100
Transportation index9797100
Utilities index101100100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Vandercook Lake, MI is displayed above. In Vandercook Lake, MI, the overall cost of living index is 80, which is 9% lower than the Michigan average and 20% 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 Vandercook Lake, MI, the city's goods and services are 6% lower than the Michigan average and 11% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Vandercook Lake is 9% lower than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Vandercook Lake is 20% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Vandercook Lake is 44% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$49,366$4,114$1,152$1,481
Renters$27,125$2,260$633$814
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Vandercook Lake, MI as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Vandercook Lake, MI homeowners, is $49,366. This would allow for a maximum of $1,152 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $27,125 which would result in a maximum of $633 to be spent on rental costs.

Michigan Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Michigan6%6%

Michigan Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Michigan4.25%4.25%
The Michigan sales tax and Michigan income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Vandercook Lake, MI. 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 Michigan sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 6%. 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 Michigan income tax rates range from 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemVandercook LakeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.95$14.592.4%
Beauty Salon $18.31$34.6847.2%
Toothpaste $1.67$2.4732.5%
Shampoo $0.85$1.0216.8%
Movie $7.85$9.8720.5%
Bowling $3.20$4.3927.1%

Groceries

ItemVandercook LakeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.65$4.4818.5%
Fried Chicken $1.14$1.4622.1%
Milk $2.61$2.3610.7%
Potatoes $2.40$3.0621.6%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $8.10$8.636.2%

Health Care

ItemVandercook LakeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $57.14$99.7842.7%
Doctor $88.50$105.0315.7%
Dentist $95.43$88.707.6%
Ibuprofen $8.10$9.4113.9%
Lipitor $301.16$298.500.9%

Housing

ItemVandercook LakeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $79,200.00$175,700.0054.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $687.82$1,081.0336.4%
Apartment Rent $743.00$920.0019.2%

Transportation

ItemVandercook LakeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.93$2.097.9%
Tire Balancing $49.66$45.299.7%

Utilities

ItemVandercook LakeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$173.63$170.801.7%
Phone $28.01$28.260.9%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Napoleon, MI1,23981-19%
Jackson, MI33,31778-22%
Vineyard Lake, MI90082-18%
Cement City, MI48179-21%
Parma, MI98980-20%
Vandercook Lake, MI4,69080-20%

Cities with similar population

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Spring Lake Heights, NJ4,69114848%
Manlius, NY4,6911022%
Palacios, TX4,69179-21%
Adairsville, GA4,69286-14%
Luverne, MN4,68890-10%
Vandercook Lake, MI4,69080-20%
Source: The Vandercook Lake, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.