Auburn 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 index8998100
Goods & Services index10598100
Groceries index9597100
Health care index104100100
Housing index6395100
Transportation index102112100
Utilities index8997100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Auburn, IL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Auburn, IL enjoy a cost of living index of 89. This index is 9% lower than the Illinois average, and 11% lower 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 Auburn, IL, the average cost of goods and services is 7% higher than it is in Illinois, and it is 5% higher than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Auburn is 9% lower than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Auburn is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Auburn is 37% lower than the national average.
  • Illinois general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average.
  • Illinois state income tax is 123% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator allows you to compare how much your current salary in Auburn, IL would be worth in another city. In other words, the salary calculator will adjust the figure you enter for cost of living so that you can determine how much more or much less you would need to earn while maintaining your current quality of living. If you are considering relocating to a more expensive city than Auburn, IL, the calculator will tell you how much more you need to earn so you can assess job offers more accurately. The Auburn, IL salary calculator is easy to use. All you do is enter the name of another city, then move the slider to your current income. After that, the salary calculator will crunch the numbers for you and give you the information you need about the place you are considering going. Additionally, it will show a detailed breakdown of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Auburn, 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 Auburn, IL, the median monthly income is $66,780 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,558 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $56,056, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,308 on monthly rental expenses.

Illinois Sales Tax

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Illinois Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Auburn, 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 10.25%. 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 4.95% to 4.95%.

Goods & Services

ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Haircut $10.71$17.4938.7%
Beauty Salon $32.39$38.1715.1%
Toothpaste $2.21$2.324.8%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0112.4%
Movie $11.99$10.7211.8%
Bowling $6.40$13.8653.9%


ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.69$3.905.4%
Fried Chicken $1.40$1.400.5%
Milk $1.72$1.9612.5%
Potatoes $2.86$3.1810.1%
Pizza $12.73$10.3922.4%
Beer $8.22$9.2310.9%

Health Care

ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $74.00$106.3430.4%
Doctor $133.89$115.2516.2%
Dentist $89.33$98.389.2%
Ibuprofen $9.21$9.260.6%
Lipitor $431.02$466.477.6%


ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Home Price $112,800.00$184,700.0038.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $998.55$1,273.3221.6%
Apartment Rent $656.00$949.0030.9%


ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.25$2.5913.2%
Tire Balancing $48.87$48.900.1%


ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.87$167.604.6%
Phone $23.34$163.4285.7%
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.
Waggoner, IL18381-19%
Palmyra, IL57982-18%
Berlin, IL18382-18%
Modesto, IL17682-18%
Nilwood, IL24683-17%
Auburn, IL5,00689-11%

Cities with similar population

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Columbus, WI5,00499-1%
Kahaluu, HI5,009207107%
Auburn, IL5,00689-11%
Source: The Auburn, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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