Walker 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.
IndexWalkerMichiganNational
Cost of living index8989100
IndexWalkerMichiganNational
Goods & Services index9494100
Groceries index9194100
Health care index89100100
Housing index7973100
Transportation index101101100
Utilities index8996100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Walker, MI is shown above. Compared to the state average of Michigan the cost of living index in Walker, MI is 89, which is equal to the average in Michigan and compared to the national average it is 11% 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 Walker, MI goods and services come in at equal to the average in Michigan and are 6% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Walker is equal to the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Walker is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Walker is 21% 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$65,346$5,446$1,525$1,961
Renters$32,447$2,704$757$974
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Walker, 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 Walker, MI homeowners, is $65,346. This would allow for a maximum of $1,525 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $32,447 which would result in a maximum of $757 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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Walker, MI you will want to make sure you consider both the Michigan sales tax and the Michigan 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 Michigan is 6%, with the highest surtax being 6%. 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 Michigan have a range from 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemWalkerNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.33$15.5611.4%
Beauty Salon $32.00$36.1111.4%
Toothpaste $1.61$2.4735.0%
Shampoo $0.77$0.9620.2%
Movie $11.52$10.1313.7%
Bowling $3.99$4.7415.7%

Groceries

ItemWalkerNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.45$3.9813.4%
Fried Chicken $1.12$1.4120.6%
Milk $1.35$2.0634.6%
Potatoes $2.76$2.987.4%
Pizza $9.66$9.472.0%
Beer $8.13$8.797.5%

Health Care

ItemWalkerNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $88.61$101.0412.3%
Doctor $91.00$107.4415.3%
Dentist $78.92$90.4212.7%
Ibuprofen $8.26$9.2811.0%
Lipitor $418.53$426.501.9%

Housing

ItemWalkerNational avg.Difference
Home Price $142,400.00$175,700.0019.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $862.03$1,133.2323.9%
Apartment Rent $696.00$920.0024.3%

Transportation

ItemWalkerNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$1.990.4%
Tire Balancing $47.99$45.764.9%

Utilities

ItemWalkerNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$169.46$163.813.5%
Phone $20.00$28.3929.5%
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.
Sparta, MI4,19984-16%
Wyoming, MI73,43484-16%
Ravenna, MI1,19385-15%
Coopersville, MI4,30986-14%
Grand Rapids, MI190,73986-14%
Walker, MI24,01589-11%

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Source: The Walker, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.