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Overall 22%
Goods & Services 9%
Housing 64%
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.
IndexEast St. LouisIllinoisNational
Cost of living7898100
Goods & Services9198100
Groceries10597100
Health care92100100
Housing3695100
Transportation95112100
Utilities10197100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in East St. Louis is 21% lower than the Illinois average
  • The cost of living in East St. Louis is 22% lower than the national average
  • East St. Louis housing is 64% lower than the national average
  • Illinois general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average
  • Illinois state income tax is 123% 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$32,856$2,738$767$986
      Renters$13,690$1,141$319$411
      The affordability of the housing market in East St. Louis, IL as well as the overall cost of living can be predicted by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should be spent on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among East St. Louis homeowners, the median income is $32,856. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $767 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $13,690. This indicates that renters would have a maximum of $319 for their rent related monthly costs.

      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

      ItemEast St. LouisNational 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

      ItemEast St. LouisNational 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

      ItemEast St. LouisNational 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

      ItemEast St. LouisNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $53,500.00$184,700.0071.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $855.20$1,273.3232.8%
      Apartment Rent $495.00$949.0047.8%

      Transportation

      ItemEast St. LouisNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.57$2.590.7%
      Tire Balancing $44.41$48.909.2%

      Utilities

      ItemEast St. LouisNational 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.

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Rentchler, IL696-4%
      Brooklyn, IL74075-25%
      Alorton, IL1,90877-23%
      Venice, IL1,89878-22%
      Centreville, IL5,12778-22%
      East St. Louis, IL26,73178-22%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Bristol, TN26,73485-15%
      Stevens Point, WI26,71488-12%
      Wooster, OH26,77386-14%
      Horn Lake, MS26,78580-20%
      Superior, WI26,67696-4%
      East St. Louis, IL26,73178-22%
      Source: The East St. Louis, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.