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

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  • 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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Compare Wichita, KS Cost of living To Other Cities

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%

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.