West Liberty 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 LibertyIowaNational
Cost of living index8888100
IndexWest LibertyIowaNational
Goods & Services index9393100
Groceries index9495100
Health care index10296100
Housing index7173100
Transportation index9297100
Utilities index10799100
A general summary of the cost of living index in West Liberty, IA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Iowa the cost of living index in West Liberty, IA is 88, which is equal to the average in Iowa and compared to the national average it is 12% 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 West Liberty, IA goods and services come in at 1% lower than the average in Iowa and are 7% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in West Liberty is equal to the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in West Liberty is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West Liberty is 29% 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

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If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in West Liberty, IA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In West Liberty, IA, the median monthly income is $68,167 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,590 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $34,531, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $806 on monthly rental expenses.

Iowa Sales Tax

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Iowa Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in West Liberty, IA is the Iowa sales tax and Iowa income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Iowa sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Iowa income tax rates range from 0.36% to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemWest LibertyNational 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%


ItemWest LibertyNational 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 LibertyNational 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%


ItemWest LibertyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $119,100.00$175,700.0032.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $934.42$1,081.0313.6%
Apartment Rent $724.00$920.0021.3%


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


ItemWest LibertyNational 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.

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Nichols, IA38386-14%
Bennett, IA36988-12%
West Liberty, IA3,75088-12%

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