West Branch 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 BranchIowaNational
Cost of living index9088100
IndexWest BranchIowaNational
Goods & Services index9393100
Groceries index9495100
Health care index10296100
Housing index7873100
Transportation index9297100
Utilities index10799100

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  • The cost of living in West Branch is 2% higher than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in West Branch is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West Branch is 22% lower than the national average.
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Iowa state income tax is 84% 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$70,729$5,894$1,650$2,122
Renters$26,944$2,245$629$808

Iowa Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Iowa6%7%

Iowa Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Iowa0.36%8.98%

Goods & Services

ItemWest BranchNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.50$14.5921.2%
Beauty Salon $38.75$34.6811.7%
Toothpaste $2.48$2.470.3%
Shampoo $1.16$1.0213.5%
Movie $9.88$9.870.1%
Bowling $3.75$4.3914.6%

Groceries

ItemWest BranchNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.64$4.483.6%
Fried Chicken $1.53$1.464.5%
Milk $2.42$2.362.7%
Potatoes $2.91$3.064.9%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $7.75$8.6310.2%

Health Care

ItemWest BranchNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $130.25$99.7830.5%
Doctor $128.75$105.0322.6%
Dentist $76.75$88.7013.5%
Ibuprofen $7.98$9.4115.2%
Lipitor $302.31$298.501.3%

Housing

ItemWest BranchNational avg.Difference
Home Price $141,000.00$175,700.0019.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $934.42$1,081.0313.6%
Apartment Rent $655.00$920.0028.8%

Transportation

ItemWest BranchNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.90$2.099.2%
Tire Balancing $42.65$45.295.8%

Utilities

ItemWest BranchNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.67$170.807.5%
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.
Rochester, IA4099-1%
Atalissa, IA40184-16%
Nichols, IA38386-14%
Tipton, IA3,20787-13%
West Liberty, IA3,75088-12%
West Branch, IA2,68490-10%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Bath, PA2,6841055%
Clifton, TN2,68485-15%
Sewanee, TN2,68411010%
Versailles, OH2,68581-19%
Montana City, MT2,68311616%
West Branch, IA2,68490-10%
Source: The West Branch, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.