West Bend 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.
IndexWest BendWisconsinNational
Cost of living index10098100
IndexWest BendWisconsinNational
Goods & Services index102100100
Groceries index106100100
Health care index113112100
Housing index9291100
Transportation index9899100
Utilities index108102100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in West Bend, WI. As you can see, with the average cost of living in West Bend, WI being 100, that puts it 2% higher than the average of Wisconsin and equal to our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of West Bend, WI, the price of goods and services are 2% higher than the average of Wisconsin as well as 2% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in West Bend is 2% higher than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in West Bend is equal to the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West Bend is 8% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 98% 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$71,944$5,995$1,679$2,159
Renters$36,684$3,057$856$1,101
The affordability of the housing market in West Bend, WI 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 West Bend, WI homeowners, the median income is $71,944. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,679 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $36,684. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $856 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Wisconsin Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Wisconsin5%5.6%

Wisconsin Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Wisconsin4.4%7.65%
When you are determining the total cost of living in West Bend, WI you will want to make sure you consider both the Wisconsin sales tax and the Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin is 5%, with the highest surtax being 5.6%. 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 Wisconsin have a range from 4.4% to 7.65%.

Goods & Services

ItemWest BendNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.80$14.591.4%
Beauty Salon $27.80$34.6819.8%
Toothpaste $3.05$2.4723.3%
Shampoo $1.49$1.0245.8%
Movie $7.75$9.8721.5%
Bowling $3.50$4.3920.3%

Groceries

ItemWest BendNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.42$4.481.3%
Fried Chicken $1.94$1.4632.5%
Milk $2.97$2.3626.0%
Potatoes $2.64$3.0613.8%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $7.76$8.6310.1%

Health Care

ItemWest BendNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $71.00$99.7828.8%
Doctor $170.00$105.0361.9%
Dentist $81.60$88.708.0%
Ibuprofen $9.43$9.410.2%
Lipitor $310.90$298.504.2%

Housing

ItemWest BendNational avg.Difference
Home Price $165,600.00$175,700.005.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $863.16$1,081.0320.2%
Apartment Rent $797.00$920.0013.4%

Transportation

ItemWest BendNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$2.094.4%
Tire Balancing $47.33$45.294.5%

Utilities

ItemWest BendNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$191.70$170.8012.2%
Phone $28.78$28.261.9%
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.
Theresa, WI1,23694-6%
Adell, WI46595-5%
Lomira, WI2,34097-3%
Campbellsport, WI1,90697-3%
Random Lake, WI1,45199-1%
West Bend, WI31,4961000%

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West Bend, WI31,4961000%
Source: The West Bend, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.