Wichita 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.
IndexWichitaKansasNational
Cost of living index8989100
IndexWichitaKansasNational
Goods & Services index9899100
Groceries index9493100
Health care index9996100
Housing index6873100
Transportation index8789100
Utilities index11598100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Wichita, KS is displayed above. In Wichita, KS, the overall cost of living index is 89, which is equal to the Kansas average and 11% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Wichita, KS, the city's goods and services are 1% lower than the Kansas average and 2% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Wichita is equal to the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Wichita is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Wichita is 32% lower than the national average.
  • Kansas general sales tax is 21% higher than the national average.
  • Kansas state income tax is 21% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Wichita, KS to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Wichita, KS, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Wichita, KS salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$62,735$5,228$1,464$1,882
Renters$27,400$2,283$639$822
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Wichita, KS, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Wichita, KS homeowners have a median income of $62,735. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,464 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $27,400, which means there is a maximum of $639 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Kansas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Kansas6.15%9.65%

Kansas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Kansas2.7%4.6%
For those who live in Wichita, KS and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Kansas income tax rate and the Kansas 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 Kansas, the sales tax is 6.15%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 9.65%. 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 Kansas, the income tax rate ranges between 2.7% to 4.6%.

Goods & Services

ItemWichitaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.60$14.590.0%
Beauty Salon $45.00$34.6829.8%
Toothpaste $2.04$2.4717.5%
Shampoo $1.47$1.0243.8%
Movie $9.10$9.877.8%
Bowling $4.29$4.392.3%

Groceries

ItemWichitaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.52$4.481.0%
Fried Chicken $1.32$1.469.8%
Milk $2.14$2.369.2%
Potatoes $2.77$3.069.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.26$8.634.3%

Health Care

ItemWichitaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $141.90$99.7842.2%
Doctor $106.20$105.031.1%
Dentist $78.40$88.7011.6%
Ibuprofen $8.51$9.419.6%
Lipitor $312.61$298.504.7%

Housing

ItemWichitaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $117,000.00$181,400.0035.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $789.04$1,081.0327.0%
Apartment Rent $675.00$889.0024.1%

Transportation

ItemWichitaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.76$2.0915.9%
Tire Balancing $43.50$45.293.9%

Utilities

ItemWichitaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$168.52$170.801.3%
Phone $38.71$28.2637.0%
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.
Oaklawn-Sunview, KS2,88179-21%
Bentley, KS45187-13%
Haysville, KS10,62288-12%
Park City, KS7,19289-11%
Benton, KS88289-11%
Wichita, KS381,17689-11%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Minneapolis, MN385,0231077%
Tulsa, OK391,48687-13%
Oakland, CA392,89014646%
Arlington, TX367,15497-3%
Cleveland, OH397,97289-11%
Wichita, KS381,17689-11%
Source: The Wichita, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.