Overall 4%
Goods & Services 4%
Housing 24%
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The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
Cost of living9696100
Goods & Services10499100
Health care122112100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Baraboo is equal to the Wisconsin average
  • The cost of living in Baraboo is 4% lower than the national average
  • Baraboo housing is 24% lower than the national average
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 62% 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)
      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in Baraboo, WI, 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 Baraboo, the median monthly income is $61,446 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,434 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $26,570, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $620 on monthly rental expenses.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemBarabooNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $22.33$20.2710.2%
      Beauty Salon $53.17$40.3931.6%
      Toothpaste $2.17$2.368.2%
      Shampoo $1.21$1.0812.1%
      Movie $10.93$10.990.5%
      Bowling $20.78$15.4934.1%


      ItemBarabooNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.31$4.300.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.55$1.4010.5%
      Milk $2.27$2.202.9%
      Potatoes $2.90$3.229.9%
      Pizza $10.32$10.743.9%
      Beer $8.43$9.6012.1%

      Health Care

      ItemBarabooNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $66.22$109.7339.6%
      Doctor $205.50$118.3473.7%
      Dentist $120.55$100.9419.4%
      Ibuprofen $11.41$9.9314.9%
      Lipitor $486.79$469.533.7%


      ItemBarabooNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $140,700.00$184,700.0023.8%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,397.68$1,229.6213.7%
      Apartment Rent $707.00$949.0025.5%


      ItemBarabooNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.60$2.714.2%
      Tire Balancing $62.00$51.8619.6%


      ItemBarabooNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$179.45$170.845.0%
      Phone $182.84$187.182.3%
      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

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Bluffview, WI6538217.9%
      North Freedom, WI665928.5%
      Portage, WI10,255946.2%
      Lake Delton, WI2,961945.8%
      Rock Springs, WI385945.6%
      Baraboo, WI12,097963.6%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Forestville, MD12,10011414.4%
      North St. Paul, MN12,1021021.9%
      Greensburg, IN12,1078713.2%
      Verona, WI12,11311515.1%
      Mackenzie County, AB12,113n/a 
      Baraboo, WI12,097963.6%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.