Centralia 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 index8390100
Goods & Services index9793100
Groceries index9898100
Health care index10097100
Housing index5178100
Transportation index9594100
Utilities index97103100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Centralia, MO is displayed above. In Centralia, MO, the overall cost of living index is 83, which is 8% lower than the Missouri average and 17% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Centralia, MO, the city's goods and services are 4% higher than the Missouri average and 3% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Centralia is 8% lower than the Missouri average.
  • The cost of living in Centralia is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Centralia is 49% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Centralia, MO to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Centralia, MO, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Centralia, MO salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

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 Centralia, 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 Centralia, MO homeowners have a median income of $61,599. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,437 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $22,720, which means there is a maximum of $530 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 Centralia, 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

ItemCentraliaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.44$16.094.0%
Beauty Salon $36.29$37.332.8%
Toothpaste $2.42$2.451.3%
Shampoo $0.84$1.0016.0%
Movie $10.05$10.282.2%
Bowling $5.00$4.931.4%


ItemCentraliaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.32$3.8012.6%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.401.7%
Milk $2.14$2.016.6%
Potatoes $2.64$3.0112.3%
Pizza $10.10$9.892.2%
Beer $8.54$8.904.0%

Health Care

ItemCentraliaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.33$102.1620.4%
Doctor $127.06$108.3617.3%
Dentist $80.51$92.5313.0%
Ibuprofen $8.77$9.285.5%
Lipitor $459.88$425.828.0%


ItemCentraliaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $87,000.00$184,700.0052.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,055.24$1,202.4412.2%
Apartment Rent $560.00$949.0041.0%


ItemCentraliaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.16$2.243.6%
Tire Balancing $42.29$46.298.7%


ItemCentraliaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$162.17$165.962.3%
Phone $27.96$28.682.5%
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.
Clark, MO26279-21%
Renick, MO18982-18%
Mexico, MO11,62284-16%
Auxvasse, MO1,14084-16%
Sturgeon, MO80385-15%
Centralia, MO4,16783-17%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Sidney, NY4,16787-13%
Moses Lake North, WA4,16788-12%
Dilley, TX4,16877-23%
Dwight, IL4,16895-5%
Ely, NV4,16984-16%
Centralia, MO4,16783-17%
Source: The Centralia, MO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.