Algona 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 index8589100
Goods & Services index9595100
Groceries index9194100
Health care index9097100
Housing index6473100
Transportation index9599100
Utilities index9795100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Algona, IA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Iowa and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Algona, IA is 85, which is 4% lower than the Iowa average and 15% 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 Algona, IA are equal to the average for Iowa and 5% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Algona is 4% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Algona is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Algona is 36% 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

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How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Algona, IA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Algona, IA homeowners have a median income of $61,375. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,432 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $35,052, which means there is a maximum of $818 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Iowa Sales Tax

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Iowa Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Algona, IA, the Iowa income tax and the Iowa sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Iowa maximum surtax is 7%, and the Iowa sales tax is 6%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0.36% to 8.98% in Iowa.

Goods & Services

ItemAlgonaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.84$16.0917.1%
Beauty Salon $25.10$37.3332.8%
Toothpaste $1.90$2.4522.3%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0010.9%
Movie $8.98$10.2812.7%
Bowling $3.15$4.9336.2%


ItemAlgonaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.20$3.8015.8%
Fried Chicken $1.22$1.4012.6%
Milk $1.58$2.0121.5%
Potatoes $2.34$3.0122.2%
Pizza $9.63$9.892.6%
Beer $8.75$8.901.6%

Health Care

ItemAlgonaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $107.39$102.165.1%
Doctor $82.02$108.3624.3%
Dentist $88.51$92.534.3%
Ibuprofen $7.56$9.2818.5%
Lipitor $420.23$425.821.3%


ItemAlgonaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $115,400.00$184,700.0037.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,021.36$1,202.4415.1%
Apartment Rent $629.00$949.0033.7%


ItemAlgonaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.44$2.248.6%
Tire Balancing $31.27$46.2932.4%


ItemAlgonaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$175.89$165.966.0%
Phone $25.27$28.6811.9%
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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Irvington, IA094-6%
Sexton, IA3894-6%
St. Benedict, IA1494-6%
Rodman, IA3973-27%
Fenton, IA31275-25%
Algona, IA5,49685-15%

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Edgerton, WI5,49497-3%
Algona, IA5,49685-15%
Source: The Algona, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.