Carthage 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 index8290100
Goods & Services index8493100
Groceries index9098100
Health care index9197100
Housing index5478100
Transportation index10294100
Utilities index128103100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Carthage, MO cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Missouri and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Carthage, MO is 82, which is 9% lower than the Missouri average and 18% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Carthage, MO are 9% lower than the average for Missouri and 16% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Carthage is 9% lower than the Missouri average.
  • The cost of living in Carthage is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Carthage is 46% lower than the national average.
  • Missouri general sales tax is 17% lower than the national average.
  • Missouri state income tax is 33% lower than the national average.

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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Carthage, MO to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Carthage, MO, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Carthage, MO salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Carthage, MO, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Carthage, MO homeowners have a median income of $46,969. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,096 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $23,850, which means there is a maximum of $556 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Missouri Sales Tax

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Missouri Income Tax

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The Missouri sales tax and Missouri income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Carthage, MO. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Missouri sales tax is 4.225% and the maximum surtax is 10.85%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Missouri income tax rates range from 1.5% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemCarthageNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.06$16.090.2%
Beauty Salon $22.76$37.3339.0%
Toothpaste $2.57$2.455.0%
Shampoo $0.90$1.0010.0%
Movie $11.66$10.2813.4%
Bowling $3.50$4.9329.0%


ItemCarthageNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.76$3.801.1%
Fried Chicken $1.37$1.402.2%
Milk $2.00$2.010.2%
Potatoes $2.09$3.0130.5%
Pizza $7.95$9.8919.6%
Beer $8.64$8.902.9%

Health Care

ItemCarthageNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $93.32$102.168.6%
Doctor $106.75$108.361.5%
Dentist $77.40$92.5316.3%
Ibuprofen $7.27$9.2821.6%
Lipitor $424.61$425.820.3%


ItemCarthageNational avg.Difference
Home Price $84,800.00$184,700.0054.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $761.36$1,202.4436.7%
Apartment Rent $699.00$949.0026.3%


ItemCarthageNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.11$2.246.2%
Tire Balancing $54.44$46.2917.6%


ItemCarthageNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$193.64$165.9616.7%
Phone $41.00$28.6842.9%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Reeds, MO7873-27%
Wentworth, MO9376-24%
Golden City, MO58576-24%
Brooklyn Heights, MO11178-22%
Jasper, MO96278-22%
Carthage, MO14,24782-18%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Highland Park, NJ14,24513030%
Swampscott, MA14,25015151%
Red Hill, SC14,25197-3%
Rio Grande City, TX14,24271-29%
Lincoln, IL14,25386-14%
Carthage, MO14,24782-18%
Source: The Carthage, MO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.