Zion 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.
IndexZionIllinoisNational
Cost of living index9598100
IndexZionIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index9497100
Groceries index10597100
Health care index115100100
Housing index8399100
Transportation index101104100
Utilities index10995100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Zion, IL is shown above. Compared to the state average of Illinois the cost of living index in Zion, IL is 95, which is 3% lower than the average in Illinois and compared to the national average it is 5% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Zion, IL goods and services come in at 3% lower than the average in Illinois and are 6% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Zion is 3% lower than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Zion is 5% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Zion is 17% 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$73,097$6,091$1,705$2,193
Renters$25,237$2,103$589$757
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Zion, IL, 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 Zion, IL, the median monthly income is $73,097 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,705 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $25,237, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $589 on monthly rental expenses.

Illinois Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Illinois6.25%9.75%

Illinois Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Illinois3.75%3.75%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Zion, IL is the Illinois sales tax and Illinois income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Illinois sales tax rate is 6.25% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 9.75%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Illinois income tax rates range from 3.75% to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemZionNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.55$15.566.4%
Beauty Salon $32.05$36.1111.2%
Toothpaste $2.29$2.477.3%
Shampoo $0.98$0.961.9%
Movie $10.10$10.130.3%
Bowling $3.24$4.7431.6%

Groceries

ItemZionNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $2.85$3.9828.4%
Fried Chicken $2.03$1.4144.1%
Milk $2.21$2.067.0%
Potatoes $2.01$2.9832.6%
Pizza $8.95$9.475.6%
Beer $7.96$8.799.4%

Health Care

ItemZionNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $57.99$101.0442.6%
Doctor $164.14$107.4452.8%
Dentist $95.80$90.426.0%
Ibuprofen $10.63$9.2814.5%
Lipitor $442.75$426.503.8%

Housing

ItemZionNational avg.Difference
Home Price $132,500.00$175,700.0024.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,137.24$1,133.230.4%
Apartment Rent $924.00$920.000.4%

Transportation

ItemZionNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.09$1.994.7%
Tire Balancing $42.13$45.767.9%

Utilities

ItemZionNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$166.59$163.811.7%
Phone $34.20$28.3920.5%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Park City, IL7,55186-14%
Waukegan, IL88,6711000%
North Chicago, IL30,7601011%
Kenosha, WI99,70995-5%
Round Lake Beach, IL28,0481011%
Zion, IL24,29295-5%

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Zion, IL24,29295-5%
Source: The Zion, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.