American Falls 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.
IndexAmerican FallsIdahoNational
Cost of living index8894100
IndexAmerican FallsIdahoNational
Goods & Services index9896100
Groceries index9190100
Health care index9499100
Housing index6488100
Transportation index110109100
Utilities index10294100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in American Falls, ID. As you can see, with the average cost of living in American Falls, ID being 88, that puts it 6% lower than the average of Idaho and 12% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of American Falls, ID, the price of goods and services are 2% higher than the average of Idaho as well as 2% lower than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in American Falls is 6% lower than the Idaho average.
  • The cost of living in American Falls is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in American Falls is 36% lower than the national average.
  • Idaho general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Idaho state income tax is 28% lower 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)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in American Falls, ID 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 American Falls, ID homeowners, is $50,750. This would allow for a maximum of $1,184 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $28,042 which would result in a maximum of $654 to be spent on rental costs.

Idaho Sales Tax

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Idaho Income Tax

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For those who live in American Falls, ID and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Idaho income tax rate and the Idaho 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 Idaho, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8.5%. 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 Idaho, the income tax rate ranges between 1.6% to 7.4%.

Goods & Services

ItemAmerican FallsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.93$16.0925.8%
Beauty Salon $26.86$37.3328.0%
Toothpaste $2.80$2.4514.3%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0011.0%
Movie $9.95$10.283.2%
Bowling $4.40$4.9310.9%


ItemAmerican FallsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.69$3.803.1%
Fried Chicken $1.09$1.4022.3%
Milk $1.25$2.0137.6%
Potatoes $1.51$3.0149.8%
Pizza $9.64$9.892.4%
Beer $8.20$8.907.9%

Health Care

ItemAmerican FallsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $116.41$102.1614.0%
Doctor $97.93$108.369.6%
Dentist $89.32$92.533.5%
Ibuprofen $9.17$9.281.2%
Lipitor $368.74$425.8213.4%


ItemAmerican FallsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $124,100.00$184,700.0032.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $961.20$1,202.4420.1%
Apartment Rent $537.00$949.0043.4%


ItemAmerican FallsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.38$2.246.1%
Tire Balancing $54.11$46.2916.9%


ItemAmerican FallsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$140.78$165.9615.2%
Phone $35.19$28.6822.7%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Aberdeen, ID2,16784-16%
Rockland, ID41086-14%
Arbon Valley, ID69190-10%
American Falls, ID4,35188-12%

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Daytona Beach Shores, FL4,3511099%
Social Circle, GA4,35092-8%
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Osawatomie, KS4,34982-18%
American Falls, ID4,35188-12%
Source: The American Falls, ID cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.