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9%
Overall NAT. AVG.
13%
Goods & Services NAT. AVG.
51%
Housing NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2022 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; 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.
Index East Chicago Indiana National
Cost of living9189100
Goods & Services11396100
Groceries10494100
Health care9896100
Housing4972100
Transportation11999100
Utilities9199100

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  • The cost of living in East Chicago is 1% higher than the Indiana average
  • The cost of living in East Chicago is 9% lower than the national average
  • East Chicago housing is 51% lower than the national average
  • Indiana general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average
  • Indiana state income tax is 31% higher than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

      Median Income Per Year Per Month Max Budget (28% DTI) Max Budget (36% DTI)
      Owners$47,744$3,979$1,114$1,432
      Renters$19,522$1,627$455$586
      To approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in East Chicago, IN, we can look at the percentage of income that is available to be spent on monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side, a consumer should not spend more than 28% of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36% of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in East Chicago have a median income of $47,744. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,114 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $19,522, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $455.

      Indiana Sales Tax

      State General Sales Tax With Max Surtax
      Indiana 7% 7%

      Indiana Income Tax

      State Income Tax (Low) Income Tax (High)
      Indiana 3.23% 3.23%

      Goods & Services

      Item East Chicago National avg. Difference
      Haircut $34.95$20.2772.4%
      Beauty Salon $59.38$40.3947.0%
      Toothpaste $2.43$2.362.9%
      Shampoo $1.06$1.081.7%
      Movie $14.42$10.9931.3%
      Bowling $20.01$15.4929.2%

      Groceries

      Item East Chicago National avg. Difference
      Ground Beef $5.23$4.3021.7%
      Fried Chicken $1.85$1.4031.9%
      Milk $2.26$2.202.6%
      Potatoes $2.75$3.2214.7%
      Pizza $13.02$10.7421.2%
      Beer $9.67$9.600.8%

      Health Care

      Item East Chicago National avg. Difference
      Optometrist $97.30$109.7311.3%
      Doctor $105.52$118.3410.8%
      Dentist $102.17$100.941.2%
      Ibuprofen $9.99$9.930.6%
      Lipitor $494.12$469.535.2%

      Housing

      Item East Chicago National avg. Difference
      Home Price $75,000.00$184,700.0059.4%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,777.54$1,229.6244.6%
      Apartment Rent $651.00$949.0031.4%

      Transportation

      Item East Chicago National avg. Difference
      Gasoline $3.39$2.7124.9%
      Tire Balancing $57.48$51.8610.8%

      Utilities

      Item East Chicago National avg. Difference
      All Electricity $129.38$170.8424.3%
      Phone $206.73$187.1810.4%
      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 Population Cost of Living Index National Avg.
      Dixmoor, IL3,6148910.9%
      Gary, IN77,858909.8%
      Ford Heights, IL2,775909.7%
      Harvey, IL25,625928.2%
      Hometown, IL4,343928.2%
      East Chicago, IN28,961919.5%

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      East Haven, CT29,01511515.1%
      East Chicago, IN28,961919.5%
      Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2022 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.