Worth 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 index10399100
Goods & Services index10698100
Groceries index10899100
Health care index100101100
Housing index9499100
Transportation index11297100
Utilities index104101100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Worth, IL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Worth, IL enjoy a cost of living index of 103. This index is 4% higher than the Illinois average, and 3% higher 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 Worth, IL, the average cost of goods and services is 8% higher than it is in Illinois, and it is 6% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Worth is 4% higher than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Worth is 3% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Worth is 6% lower than the national average.
  • Illinois general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average.
  • Illinois state income tax is 69% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Worth, IL as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Worth, IL homeowners, is $56,693. This would allow for a maximum of $1,323 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $34,934 which would result in a maximum of $815 to be spent on rental costs.

Illinois Sales Tax

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Illinois Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Worth, IL, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Illinois, as well as the rate for income tax in Illinois. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Illinois is 9.75%, and the sales tax in the state of Illinois is 6.25%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Illinois starts from 3.75% and goes up to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemWorthNational 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%


ItemWorthNational 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

ItemWorthNational 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%


ItemWorthNational avg.Difference
Home Price $164,800.00$175,700.006.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,500.61$1,081.0338.8%
Apartment Rent $873.00$920.005.1%


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


ItemWorthNational 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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Dixmoor, IL3,63587-13%
Hodgkins, IL2,18588-12%
Ford Heights, IL2,77786-14%
Robbins, IL5,22191-9%
Harvey, IL25,22592-8%
Worth, IL10,8271033%

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