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Overall 9%
Goods & Services 4%
Housing 29%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; 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.
IndexClear LakeIowaNational
Cost of living9190100
Goods & Services9696100
Groceries9698100
Health care98100100
Housing7173100
Transportation103101100
Utilities11198100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Clear Lake is 1% higher than the Iowa average
  • The cost of living in Clear Lake is 9% lower than the national average
  • Clear Lake housing is 29% lower than the national average
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average
  • Iowa state income tax is 85% lower 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$62,513$5,209$1,459$1,876
      Renters$28,382$2,365$662$852
      The percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in Clear Lake, IA, as well as what the overall cost of living might be. 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 payments and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Clear Lake, homeowners have a median income of $62,513. Using that number, a maximum of $1,459 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $28,382, which means there is a maximum of $662 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

      Iowa Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Iowa6%7%

      Iowa Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Iowa0.33%8.53%

      Goods & Services

      ItemClear LakeNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $25.76$17.4947.3%
      Beauty Salon $29.22$38.1723.4%
      Toothpaste $2.82$2.3221.5%
      Shampoo $0.99$1.012.2%
      Movie $10.50$10.722.1%
      Bowling $10.00$13.8627.9%

      Groceries

      ItemClear LakeNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.27$3.9016.2%
      Fried Chicken $1.65$1.4018.2%
      Milk $2.07$1.965.5%
      Potatoes $2.99$3.186.1%
      Pizza $11.49$10.3910.5%
      Beer $8.93$9.233.2%

      Health Care

      ItemClear LakeNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $94.00$106.3411.6%
      Doctor $130.00$115.2512.8%
      Dentist $92.00$98.386.5%
      Ibuprofen $7.79$9.2615.9%
      Lipitor $465.99$466.470.1%

      Housing

      ItemClear LakeNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $135,800.00$184,700.0026.5%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $927.46$1,273.3227.2%
      Apartment Rent $619.00$949.0034.8%

      Transportation

      ItemClear LakeNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.92$2.5912.8%
      Tire Balancing $43.98$48.9010.1%

      Utilities

      ItemClear LakeNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$204.31$167.6021.9%
      Phone $178.59$163.429.3%
      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.

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Portland, IA2799-1%
      Miller, IA099-1%
      Burchinal, IA5399-1%
      Goodell, IA12880-20%
      Klemme, IA57280-20%
      Clear Lake, IA7,64491-9%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Gettysburg, PA7,6431044%
      Summit, WA7,64611515%
      Ivins, UT7,6461088%
      Laughlin, NV7,64187-13%
      Waikele, HI7,64816868%
      Clear Lake, IA7,64491-9%
      Source: The Clear Lake, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.