West Salem 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 SalemWisconsinNational
Cost of living index10198100
IndexWest SalemWisconsinNational
Goods & Services index112100100
Groceries index107100100
Health care index110112100
Housing index8891100
Transportation index10499100
Utilities index92102100
A general summary of the cost of living index in West Salem, WI is shown above. Compared to the state average of Wisconsin the cost of living index in West Salem, WI is 101, which is 3% higher than the average in Wisconsin and compared to the national average it is 1% higher 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 Salem, WI goods and services come in at 12% higher than the average in Wisconsin and are 12% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in West Salem is 3% higher than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in West Salem is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West Salem is 12% 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)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in West Salem, WI, 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 Salem, WI, the median monthly income is $62,880 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,467 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $40,483, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $945 on monthly rental expenses.

Wisconsin Sales Tax

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Wisconsin Income Tax

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For those who live in West Salem, WI and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Wisconsin income tax rate and the Wisconsin sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Wisconsin, the sales tax is 5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 5.6%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Wisconsin, the income tax rate ranges between 4.4% to 7.65%.

Goods & Services

ItemWest SalemNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $31.40$34.689.5%
Toothpaste $3.66$2.4748.0%
Shampoo $1.06$1.023.7%
Movie $9.25$9.876.3%
Bowling $6.00$4.3936.6%


ItemWest SalemNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.38$4.482.2%
Fried Chicken $1.67$1.4614.1%
Milk $2.54$2.367.8%
Potatoes $2.25$3.0626.5%
Pizza $11.00$9.2419.0%
Beer $8.24$8.634.6%

Health Care

ItemWest SalemNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $121.33$99.7821.6%
Doctor $146.30$105.0339.3%
Dentist $84.40$88.704.8%
Ibuprofen $9.56$9.411.6%
Lipitor $300.89$298.500.8%


ItemWest SalemNational avg.Difference
Home Price $156,500.00$175,700.0010.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $839.64$1,081.0322.3%
Apartment Rent $791.00$920.0014.0%


ItemWest SalemNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.14$2.092.4%
Tire Balancing $49.65$45.299.6%


ItemWest SalemNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$184.37$170.807.9%
Phone $19.99$28.2629.3%
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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West Salem, WI4,8951011%

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