Windsor Heights 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.
IndexWindsor HeightsIowaNational
Cost of living index9488100
IndexWindsor HeightsIowaNational
Goods & Services index9293100
Groceries index9395100
Health care index9796100
Housing index9873100
Transportation index9197100
Utilities index9299100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Windsor Heights, IA is displayed above. In Windsor Heights, IA, the overall cost of living index is 94, which is 6% higher than the Iowa average and 6% 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 Windsor Heights, IA, the city's goods and services are 1% lower than the Iowa average and 8% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Windsor Heights is 6% higher than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Windsor Heights is 6% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Windsor Heights is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Iowa state income tax is 84% lower 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)
Owners$65,179$5,432$1,521$1,956
Renters$42,039$3,503$981$1,261
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 Windsor Heights, IA, 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. Windsor Heights, IA has a median income of about $65,179 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,521 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $42,039. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $981 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Iowa Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Iowa6%7%

Iowa Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Iowa0.36%8.98%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Windsor Heights, IA you will want to make sure you consider both the Iowa sales tax and the Iowa 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 Iowa is 6%, 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 Iowa have a range from 0.36% to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemWindsor HeightsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.67$14.596.3%
Beauty Salon $27.07$34.6821.9%
Toothpaste $2.07$2.4716.3%
Shampoo $1.00$1.022.2%
Movie $8.93$9.879.5%
Bowling $4.30$4.392.1%

Groceries

ItemWindsor HeightsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.03$4.4810.0%
Fried Chicken $1.77$1.4620.9%
Milk $2.26$2.364.1%
Potatoes $2.42$3.0621.0%
Pizza $8.49$9.248.1%
Beer $8.37$8.633.0%

Health Care

ItemWindsor HeightsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $96.40$99.783.4%
Doctor $122.60$105.0316.7%
Dentist $78.13$88.7011.9%
Ibuprofen $8.89$9.415.5%
Lipitor $262.74$298.5012.0%

Housing

ItemWindsor HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $169,400.00$175,700.003.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $956.15$1,081.0311.6%
Apartment Rent $937.00$920.001.8%

Transportation

ItemWindsor HeightsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.83$2.0912.5%
Tire Balancing $44.80$45.291.1%

Utilities

ItemWindsor HeightsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$143.19$170.8016.2%
Phone $29.30$28.263.7%
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.
Spring Hill, IA2179-21%
Elkhart, IA59785-15%
Des Moines, IA206,70286-14%
Carlisle, IA4,06288-12%
Van Meter, IA1,46388-12%
Windsor Heights, IA4,87794-6%

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