Benton 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.
IndexBentonIllinoisNational
Cost of living index8398100
IndexBentonIllinoisNational
Goods & Services index9898100
Groceries index9197100
Health care index90100100
Housing index4695100
Transportation index101112100
Utilities index11797100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Benton, IL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Benton, IL enjoy a cost of living index of 83. This index is 15% lower than the Illinois average, and 17% 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 Benton, IL, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in Illinois, and it is 2% lower than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Benton is 15% lower than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Benton is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Benton is 54% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$45,565$3,797$1,063$1,367
Renters$26,846$2,237$626$805
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Benton, IL, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Benton, IL has a median income of about $45,565 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,063 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $26,846. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $626 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Illinois Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Illinois6.25%10.25%

Illinois Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Illinois4.95%4.95%
For those who live in Benton, IL and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Illinois income tax rate and the Illinois 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 Illinois, the sales tax is 6.25%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 10.25%. 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 Illinois, the income tax rate ranges between 4.95% to 4.95%.

Goods & Services

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.60$17.4917.8%
Beauty Salon $34.00$38.1710.9%
Toothpaste $2.02$2.3213.0%
Shampoo $0.91$1.0110.1%
Movie $8.72$10.7218.7%
Bowling $13.00$13.866.2%

Groceries

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.95$3.901.3%
Fried Chicken $1.29$1.407.6%
Milk $0.88$1.9655.2%
Potatoes $2.92$3.188.3%
Pizza $9.99$10.393.9%
Beer $8.67$9.236.1%

Health Care

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $116.60$106.349.7%
Doctor $98.75$115.2514.3%
Dentist $88.17$98.3810.4%
Ibuprofen $9.78$9.265.6%
Lipitor $382.56$466.4718.0%

Housing

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $67,900.00$184,700.0063.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,193.58$1,273.326.3%
Apartment Rent $652.00$949.0031.3%

Transportation

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.72$2.595.1%
Tire Balancing $48.00$48.901.8%

Utilities

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$217.34$167.6029.7%
Phone $181.43$163.4211.0%
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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Macedonia, IL8299-1%
Bush, IL24476-24%
Hurst, IL70576-24%
Orient, IL35080-20%
Nason, IL26677-23%
Benton, IL7,14883-17%

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Benton, IL7,14883-17%
Source: The Benton, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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