El Dorado cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexEl DoradoKansasNational
Cost of living index8689100
IndexEl DoradoKansasNational
Goods & Services index10393100
Groceries index9493100
Health care index9699100
Housing index5576100
Transportation index9795100
Utilities index9898100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the El Dorado, KS cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Kansas and cities across the country, the cost of living index in El Dorado, KS is 86, which is 3% lower than the Kansas average and 14% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in El Dorado, KS are 11% higher than the average for Kansas and 3% higher than the rest of the country.
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  • The cost of living in El Dorado is 3% lower than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in El Dorado is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in El Dorado is 45% lower than the national average.
  • Kansas general sales tax is 28% higher than the national average.
  • Kansas state income tax is 30% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in El Dorado, KS, as well as what the average cost of living is. 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 payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In El Dorado, KS homeowners have a median income of $57,321. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,337 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $26,222, which means there is a maximum of $612 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Kansas Sales Tax

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Kansas Income Tax

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The Kansas sales tax and Kansas income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in El Dorado, KS. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Kansas sales tax is 6.5% and the maximum surtax is 10.15%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Kansas income tax rates range from 2.9% to 5.2%.

Goods & Services

ItemEl DoradoNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.80$17.491.8%
Beauty Salon $41.00$38.177.4%
Toothpaste $1.83$2.3221.2%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0112.0%
Movie $9.38$10.7212.5%
Bowling $12.80$13.867.7%


ItemEl DoradoNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.68$3.905.6%
Fried Chicken $1.31$1.406.1%
Milk $1.53$1.9622.0%
Potatoes $2.89$3.189.2%
Pizza $9.99$10.393.9%
Beer $8.79$9.234.8%

Health Care

ItemEl DoradoNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $159.80$106.3450.3%
Doctor $105.05$115.258.9%
Dentist $86.60$98.3812.0%
Ibuprofen $8.24$9.2611.0%
Lipitor $488.14$466.474.6%


ItemEl DoradoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $88,900.00$184,700.0051.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $921.11$1,273.3227.7%
Apartment Rent $677.00$949.0028.7%


ItemEl DoradoNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.45$2.595.3%
Tire Balancing $50.63$48.903.5%


ItemEl DoradoNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$157.50$167.606.0%
Phone $186.00$163.4213.8%
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.
Rosalia, KS14079-21%
Potwin, KS47083-17%
Leon, KS59884-16%
Towanda, KS1,38287-13%
Augusta, KS9,26288-12%
El Dorado, KS13,10286-14%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Waunakee, WI13,09211818%
Vadnais Heights, MN13,1151088%
Atlantic Beach, FL13,08911414%
Andrews, TX13,08791-9%
La Grande, OR13,07992-8%
El Dorado, KS13,10286-14%
Source: The El Dorado, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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