Wheeling 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.
Cost of living index10699100
Goods & Services index10698100
Groceries index10899100
Health care index100101100
Housing index10599100
Transportation index11297100
Utilities index104101100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Wheeling, IL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Wheeling, IL enjoy a cost of living index of 106. This index is 7% higher than the Illinois average, and 6% higher 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 Wheeling, IL, the average cost of goods and services is 8% higher than it is in Illinois, and it is 6% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Wheeling is 7% higher than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Wheeling is 6% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Wheeling is 5% higher than the national average.
  • Illinois general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average.
  • Illinois state income tax is 69% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator allows you to compare how much your current salary in Wheeling, IL would be worth in another city. In other words, the salary calculator will adjust the figure you enter for cost of living so that you can determine how much more or much less you would need to earn while maintaining your current quality of living. If you are considering relocating to a more expensive city than Wheeling, IL, the calculator will tell you how much more you need to earn so you can assess job offers more accurately. The Wheeling, IL salary calculator is easy to use. All you do is enter the name of another city, then move the slider to your current income. After that, the salary calculator will crunch the numbers for you and give you the information you need about the place you are considering going. Additionally, it will show a detailed breakdown of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Wheeling, IL, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Wheeling, IL has a median income of about $66,742 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,557 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $42,391. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $989 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Illinois Sales Tax

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Illinois Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Wheeling, IL, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Illinois, as well as the rate for income tax in Illinois. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Illinois is 9.75%, and the sales tax in the state of Illinois is 6.25%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Illinois starts from 3.75% and goes up to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemWheelingNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $45.00$34.6829.8%
Toothpaste $2.34$2.475.4%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $13.75$9.8739.3%
Bowling $5.00$4.3913.9%


ItemWheelingNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.37$4.4820.0%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.463.0%
Milk $1.74$2.3626.2%
Potatoes $2.50$3.0618.3%
Pizza $10.99$9.2418.9%
Beer $14.25$8.6365.1%

Health Care

ItemWheelingNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $95.00$99.784.8%
Doctor $100.00$105.034.8%
Dentist $100.00$88.7012.7%
Ibuprofen $9.24$9.411.8%
Lipitor $262.00$298.5012.2%


ItemWheelingNational avg.Difference
Home Price $178,000.00$175,700.001.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,500.61$1,081.0338.8%
Apartment Rent $1,054.00$920.0014.6%


ItemWheelingNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.29$2.099.5%
Tire Balancing $53.31$45.2917.7%


ItemWheelingNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$173.99$170.801.9%
Phone $30.05$28.266.3%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
North Chicago, IL30,76099-1%
Northlake, IL12,3681033%
Franklin Park, IL18,3891044%
Island Lake, IL8,0331055%
Glendale Heights, IL34,4361055%
Wheeling, IL37,8861066%

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Wheeling, IL37,8861066%
Source: The Wheeling, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.