Zeeland 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.
IndexZeelandMichiganNational
Cost of living index8689100
IndexZeelandMichiganNational
Goods & Services index9494100
Groceries index9194100
Health care index89100100
Housing index6973100
Transportation index101101100
Utilities index8996100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Zeeland, MI cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Michigan and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Zeeland, MI is 86, which is 3% lower than the Michigan average and 14% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Zeeland, MI are equal to the average for Michigan and 6% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Zeeland is 3% lower than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Zeeland is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Zeeland is 31% lower than the national average.
  • Michigan general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Michigan state income tax is 91% higher 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$48,750$4,063$1,137$1,463
Renters$26,934$2,245$628$808
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Zeeland, MI, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Zeeland, MI, the median monthly income is $48,750 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,137 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $26,934, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $628 on monthly rental expenses.

Michigan Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Michigan6%6%

Michigan Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Michigan4.25%4.25%
For those who live in Zeeland, MI and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Michigan income tax rate and the Michigan 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 Michigan, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 6%. 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 Michigan, the income tax rate ranges between 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemZeelandNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.33$15.5611.4%
Beauty Salon $32.00$36.1111.4%
Toothpaste $1.61$2.4735.0%
Shampoo $0.77$0.9620.2%
Movie $11.52$10.1313.7%
Bowling $3.99$4.7415.7%

Groceries

ItemZeelandNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.45$3.9813.4%
Fried Chicken $1.12$1.4120.6%
Milk $1.35$2.0634.6%
Potatoes $2.76$2.987.4%
Pizza $9.66$9.472.0%
Beer $8.13$8.797.5%

Health Care

ItemZeelandNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $88.61$101.0412.3%
Doctor $91.00$107.4415.3%
Dentist $78.92$90.4212.7%
Ibuprofen $8.26$9.2811.0%
Lipitor $418.53$426.501.9%

Housing

ItemZeelandNational avg.Difference
Home Price $119,600.00$175,700.0031.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $862.03$1,133.2323.9%
Apartment Rent $664.00$920.0027.8%

Transportation

ItemZeelandNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$1.990.4%
Tire Balancing $47.99$45.764.9%

Utilities

ItemZeelandNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$169.46$163.813.5%
Phone $20.00$28.3929.5%
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.
Hopkins, MI65481-19%
Beechwood, MI3,09087-13%
Holland, MI33,34287-13%
Hudsonville, MI7,21788-12%
Grandville, MI15,61388-12%
Zeeland, MI5,56686-14%

Cities with similar population

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Pevely, MO5,56689-11%
Country Homes, WA5,5661022%
Douglass Hills, KY5,5661000%
Junction City, OR5,5661055%
South Apopka, FL5,56587-13%
Zeeland, MI5,56686-14%
Source: The Zeeland, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.