West Plains 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 PlainsMissouriNational
Cost of living index8691100
IndexWest PlainsMissouriNational
Goods & Services index9999100
Groceries index10095100
Health care index9497100
Housing index6179100
Transportation index8387100
Utilities index103104100
An overview of the general cost of living index for West Plains, MO is displayed above for your reference. Residents in West Plains, MO enjoy a cost of living index of 86. This index is 6% lower than the Missouri average, and 14% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in West Plains, MO, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in Missouri, and it is 1% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in West Plains is 6% lower than the Missouri average.
  • The cost of living in West Plains is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West Plains is 39% lower 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$46,803$3,900$1,092$1,404
Renters$18,120$1,510$423$544
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in West Plains, MO 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 West Plains, MO homeowners, is $46,803. This would allow for a maximum of $1,092 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $18,120 which would result in a maximum of $423 to be spent on rental costs.

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 assessing the complete cost of living in West Plains, MO, the Missouri income tax and the Missouri sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Missouri maximum surtax is 9.35%, and the Missouri sales tax is 4.225%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 1.5% to 6% in Missouri.

Goods & Services

ItemWest PlainsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.25$14.5916.1%
Beauty Salon $33.67$34.682.9%
Toothpaste $1.69$2.4731.7%
Shampoo $0.84$1.0217.8%
Movie $9.58$9.872.9%
Bowling $3.63$4.3917.3%

Groceries

ItemWest PlainsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.17$4.486.9%
Fried Chicken $1.71$1.4616.8%
Milk $2.46$2.364.4%
Potatoes $2.76$3.069.8%
Pizza $8.49$9.248.1%
Beer $8.81$8.632.1%

Health Care

ItemWest PlainsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $93.00$99.786.8%
Doctor $104.00$105.031.0%
Dentist $75.25$88.7015.2%
Ibuprofen $8.42$9.4110.5%
Lipitor $313.13$298.504.9%

Housing

ItemWest PlainsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $104,200.00$175,700.0040.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $778.68$1,081.0328.0%
Apartment Rent $584.00$920.0036.5%

Transportation

ItemWest PlainsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.68$2.0919.7%
Tire Balancing $40.99$45.299.5%

Utilities

ItemWest PlainsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$150.33$170.8012.0%
Phone $35.01$28.2623.9%
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.
Koshkonong, MO24874-26%
Brandsville, MO13275-25%
South Fork, MO14979-21%
Pomona, MO38980-20%
West Plains, MO12,17686-14%

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Grovetown, GA12,17992-8%
Nanakuli, HI12,18114747%
West Plains, MO12,17686-14%
Source: The West Plains, MO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.