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Overall 21%
Goods & Services 9%
Housing 59%
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.
IndexDorchesterIllinoisNational
Cost of living7998100
Goods & Services9198100
Groceries10597100
Health care92100100
Housing4195100
Transportation95112100
Utilities10197100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Dorchester is 19% lower than the Illinois average
  • The cost of living in Dorchester is 21% lower than the national average
  • Dorchester housing is 59% lower than the national average
  • Illinois general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average
  • Illinois state income tax is 101% 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$60,000$5,000$1,400$1,800
      Renters$48,750$4,063$1,137$1,463

      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%

      Goods & Services

      ItemDorchesterNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $17.00$17.492.8%
      Beauty Salon $39.71$38.174.0%
      Toothpaste $2.32$2.320.0%
      Shampoo $1.06$1.014.8%
      Movie $9.83$10.728.3%
      Bowling $14.83$13.867.0%

      Groceries

      ItemDorchesterNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.01$3.902.8%
      Fried Chicken $1.67$1.4019.7%
      Milk $1.90$1.963.2%
      Potatoes $3.49$3.189.6%
      Pizza $9.96$10.394.2%
      Beer $9.26$9.230.3%

      Health Care

      ItemDorchesterNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $78.67$106.3426.0%
      Doctor $71.67$115.2537.8%
      Dentist $102.57$98.384.3%
      Ibuprofen $11.32$9.2622.2%
      Lipitor $474.50$466.471.7%

      Housing

      ItemDorchesterNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $76,300.00$184,700.0058.7%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $855.20$1,273.3232.8%
      Apartment Rent $0.00$949.00100.0%

      Transportation

      ItemDorchesterNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.57$2.590.7%
      Tire Balancing $44.41$48.909.2%

      Utilities

      ItemDorchesterNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$163.79$167.602.3%
      Phone $191.07$163.4216.9%
      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.
      Walshville, IL3575-25%
      Fidelity, IL16178-22%
      Eagarville, IL16578-22%
      Royal Lakes, IL13478-22%
      Lake Ka-Ho, IL19079-21%
      Dorchester, IL13379-21%

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      Redmon, IL13380-20%
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      Source: The Dorchester, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.