Winterset 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 index8788100
Goods & Services index9293100
Groceries index9395100
Health care index9796100
Housing index7673100
Transportation index9197100
Utilities index9299100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Winterset, IA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Winterset, IA enjoy a cost of living index of 87. This index is 1% lower than the Iowa average, and 13% lower 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 Winterset, IA, the average cost of goods and services is 1% lower than it is in Iowa, and it is 8% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Winterset is 1% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Winterset is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Winterset is 24% 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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The salary calculator allows you to compare how much your current salary in Winterset, IA 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 Winterset, IA, the calculator will tell you how much more you need to earn so you can assess job offers more accurately. The Winterset, IA 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
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 Winterset, 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. Winterset, IA has a median income of about $53,313 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,244 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $26,933. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $628 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Iowa Sales Tax

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Iowa Income Tax

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For those who live in Winterset, IA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Iowa income tax rate and the Iowa 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 Iowa, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7%. 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 Iowa, the income tax rate ranges between 0.36% to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemWintersetNational 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%


ItemWintersetNational 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

ItemWintersetNational 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%


ItemWintersetNational avg.Difference
Home Price $126,400.00$175,700.0028.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $956.15$1,081.0311.6%
Apartment Rent $787.00$920.0014.5%


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


ItemWintersetNational 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.
East Peru, IA7276-24%
Bevington, IA2377-23%
Patterson, IA13179-21%
Macksburg, IA17583-17%
Truro, IA54484-16%
Winterset, IA5,16587-13%

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Winterset, IA5,16587-13%
Source: The Winterset, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.