B+
Overall 13%
Goods & Services 4%
Housing 50%
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.
IndexColumbus JunctionIowaNational
Cost of living8790100
Goods & Services10496100
Groceries10198100
Health care97100100
Housing5073100
Transportation121101100
Utilities8598100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Columbus Junction is 4% lower than the Iowa average
  • The cost of living in Columbus Junction is 13% lower than the national average
  • Columbus Junction housing is 50% 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$57,143$4,762$1,333$1,714
      Renters$34,464$2,872$804$1,034

      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

      ItemColumbus JunctionNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $17.63$17.490.8%
      Beauty Salon $20.99$38.1745.0%
      Toothpaste $3.31$2.3242.6%
      Shampoo $0.82$1.0119.0%
      Movie $11.42$10.726.5%
      Bowling $18.05$13.8630.2%

      Groceries

      ItemColumbus JunctionNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.43$3.9013.6%
      Fried Chicken $1.49$1.406.8%
      Milk $2.68$1.9636.6%
      Potatoes $2.57$3.1819.3%
      Pizza $10.49$10.390.9%
      Beer $8.91$9.233.5%

      Health Care

      ItemColumbus JunctionNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $140.00$106.3431.7%
      Doctor $107.00$115.257.2%
      Dentist $80.67$98.3818.0%
      Ibuprofen $11.38$9.2622.9%
      Lipitor $498.66$466.476.9%

      Housing

      ItemColumbus JunctionNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $93,100.00$184,700.0049.6%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,216.77$1,273.324.4%
      Apartment Rent $472.00$949.0050.3%

      Transportation

      ItemColumbus JunctionNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.67$2.593.1%
      Tire Balancing $76.00$48.9055.4%

      Utilities

      ItemColumbus JunctionNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$127.38$167.6024.0%
      Phone $173.49$163.426.2%
      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.
      Cotter, IA381033%
      Morning Sun, IA90679-21%
      Columbus City, IA44785-15%
      Conesville, IA61786-14%
      Ainsworth, IA45186-14%
      Columbus Junction, IA2,21487-13%

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      White Pine, TN2,21584-16%
      Kerhonkson, NY2,2151044%
      Glenwood, AR2,21580-20%
      Columbus Junction, IA2,21487-13%
      Source: The Columbus Junction, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.