Whiting 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 index9588100
Goods & Services index10695100
Groceries index10892100
Health care index10095100
Housing index6873100
Transportation index11293100
Utilities index10493100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Whiting, IN is shown above. Compared to the state average of Indiana the cost of living index in Whiting, IN is 95, which is 8% higher than the average in Indiana and compared to the national average it is 5% 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 Whiting, IN goods and services come in at 12% higher than the average in Indiana and are 6% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Whiting is 8% higher than the Indiana average.
  • The cost of living in Whiting is 5% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Whiting is 32% lower than the national average.
  • Indiana general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Indiana state income tax is 48% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Whiting, IN by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Whiting, IN have a median income of $70,761. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,651 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $39,107, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $912.

Indiana Sales Tax

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Indiana Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Whiting, IN you will want to make sure you consider both the Indiana sales tax and the Indiana income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Indiana is 7%, with the highest surtax being 7%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Indiana have a range from 3.3% to 3.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemWhitingNational 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%


ItemWhitingNational 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

ItemWhitingNational 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%


ItemWhitingNational avg.Difference
Home Price $110,300.00$175,700.0037.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,500.61$1,081.0338.8%
Apartment Rent $723.00$920.0021.4%


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


ItemWhitingNational 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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Dixmoor, IL3,63587-13%
Gary, IN79,16589-11%
Ford Heights, IL2,77786-14%
East Chicago, IN29,38791-9%
Robbins, IL5,22191-9%
Whiting, IN4,93095-5%

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Whiting, IN4,93095-5%
Source: The Whiting, IN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.