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Goods & Services NAT. AVG.
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Housing NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2023 and was released from C2ER in January, 2024; this is the most current data available.
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.
Index Belen New Mexico National
Cost of living8893100
Goods & Services10097100
Groceries9797100
Health care9697100
Housing6486100
Transportation9395100
Utilities9990100
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Cost Of Living Quick Facts

  • The cost of living in Belen is 5% lower than the New Mexico average
  • The cost of living in Belen is 12% lower than the national average
  • Belen housing is 36% lower than the national average
  • New Mexico general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average
  • New Mexico state income tax is 25% lower than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

      Median Income Per Year Per Month Max Budget (28% DTI) Max Budget (36% DTI)
      Owners$38,328$3,194$894$1,150
      Renters$27,100$2,258$632$813
      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in Belen, NM, 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 Belen, the median monthly income is $38,328 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $894 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $27,100, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $632 on monthly rental expenses.

      New Mexico Sales Tax

      State General Sales Tax With Max Surtax
      New Mexico 5% 8.688%

      New Mexico Income Tax

      State Income Tax (Low) Income Tax (High)
      New Mexico 1.7% 5.9%

      Goods & Services

      Item Belen National avg. Difference
      Haircut $31.90$24.2631.5%
      Beauty Salon $50.83$45.5611.6%
      Toothpaste $3.62$3.702.3%
      Shampoo $1.15$1.2810.5%
      Movie $12.54$12.133.3%
      Bowling $20.89$18.0016.1%

      Groceries

      Item Belen National avg. Difference
      Ground Beef $5.11$5.8412.5%
      Fried Chicken $1.32$1.5716.1%
      Milk $4.63$4.671.0%
      Potatoes $4.18$4.9315.3%
      Pizza $13.42$12.0911.0%
      Beer $11.07$10.416.4%

      Health Care

      Item Belen National avg. Difference
      Optometrist $136.89$125.688.9%
      Doctor $134.17$135.781.2%
      Dentist $111.42$113.291.7%
      Ibuprofen $10.43$10.652.1%
      Lipitor $380.06$468.6018.9%

      Housing

      Item Belen National avg. Difference
      Home Price $105,200.00$184,700.0043.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,905.97$2,346.6918.8%
      Apartment Rent $771.00$949.0018.8%

      Transportation

      Item Belen National avg. Difference
      Gasoline $3.50$3.461.1%
      Tire Balancing $43.87$59.9226.8%

      Utilities

      Item Belen National avg. Difference
      All Electricity $191.24$193.991.4%
      Phone $190.51$192.250.9%
      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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      City Population Cost of Living Index National Avg.
      Las Nutrias, NM104982.1%
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      Meadow Lake, NM4,2668316.6%
      Belen, NM7,4768812.2%

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      Belen, NM7,4768812.2%
      Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2023 and was released from C2ER in January, 2024; this is the most current data available.