Wentzville 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.
IndexWentzvilleMissouriNational
Cost of living index10091100
IndexWentzvilleMissouriNational
Goods & Services index9395100
Groceries index10397100
Health care index9697100
Housing index10579100
Transportation index9493100
Utilities index113104100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Wentzville, MO cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Missouri and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Wentzville, MO is 100, which is 10% higher than the Missouri average and equal to that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Wentzville, MO are 3% lower than the average for Missouri and 7% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Wentzville is 10% higher than the Missouri average.
  • The cost of living in Wentzville is equal to the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Wentzville is 5% higher 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$77,752$6,479$1,814$2,333
Renters$38,097$3,175$889$1,143
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Wentzville, MO, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Wentzville, MO has a median income of about $77,752 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,814 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $38,097. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $889 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Missouri Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Missouri4.225%9.35%

Missouri Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Missouri1.5%6%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Wentzville, MO you will want to make sure you consider both the Missouri sales tax and the Missouri 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 Missouri is 4.225%, with the highest surtax being 9.35%. 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 Missouri have a range from 1.5% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemWentzvilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.36$15.565.1%
Beauty Salon $37.77$36.114.6%
Toothpaste $2.13$2.4713.7%
Shampoo $1.03$0.966.7%
Movie $10.07$10.130.6%
Bowling $3.78$4.7420.2%

Groceries

ItemWentzvilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.90$3.9823.0%
Fried Chicken $1.88$1.4133.6%
Milk $2.33$2.0612.9%
Potatoes $2.48$2.9816.7%
Pizza $8.52$9.4710.1%
Beer $8.04$8.798.6%

Health Care

ItemWentzvilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $76.95$101.0423.8%
Doctor $84.03$107.4421.8%
Dentist $91.80$90.421.5%
Ibuprofen $11.43$9.2823.2%
Lipitor $433.91$426.501.7%

Housing

ItemWentzvilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $187,300.00$175,700.006.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $728.96$1,133.2335.7%
Apartment Rent $946.00$920.002.8%

Transportation

ItemWentzvilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.87$1.996.4%
Tire Balancing $43.83$45.764.2%

Utilities

ItemWentzvilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$160.36$163.812.1%
Phone $38.25$28.3934.8%
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.
Cave, MO198-2%
Moscow Mills, MO2,50882-18%
Fountain N' Lakes, MO30283-17%
Batchtown, IL19387-13%
Old Monroe, MO26887-13%
Wentzville, MO31,5911000%

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Laramie, WY31,60197-3%
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Douglasville, GA31,57395-5%
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Wentzville, MO31,5911000%
Source: The Wentzville, MO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.