Overall 16%
Goods & Services 7%
Housing 63%
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.
IndexElm GroveWisconsinNational
Cost of living11696100
Goods & Services9398100
Health care114113100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Elm Grove is 21% higher than the Wisconsin average
  • The cost of living in Elm Grove is 16% higher than the national average
  • Elm Grove housing is 63% higher than the national average
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 62% higher than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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      The percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in Elm Grove, WI, as well as what the overall cost of living might be. 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 payments and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Elm Grove, homeowners have a median income of $122,457. Using that number, a maximum of $2,857 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $87,969, which means there is a maximum of $2,052 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

      Wisconsin Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemElm GroveNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $20.43$17.4916.8%
      Beauty Salon $38.60$38.171.1%
      Toothpaste $1.92$2.3217.3%
      Shampoo $0.99$1.012.2%
      Movie $11.04$10.722.9%
      Bowling $16.00$13.8615.4%


      ItemElm GroveNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.66$3.906.2%
      Fried Chicken $1.32$1.405.4%
      Milk $1.71$1.9612.9%
      Potatoes $2.58$3.1818.9%
      Pizza $9.99$10.393.9%
      Beer $8.07$9.2312.6%

      Health Care

      ItemElm GroveNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $53.00$106.3450.2%
      Doctor $183.67$115.2559.4%
      Dentist $102.20$98.383.9%
      Ibuprofen $8.72$9.265.8%
      Lipitor $494.39$466.476.0%


      ItemElm GroveNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $355,000.00$184,700.0092.2%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,249.28$1,273.321.9%
      Apartment Rent $887.00$949.006.5%


      ItemElm GroveNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.78$2.597.2%
      Tire Balancing $47.04$48.903.8%


      ItemElm GroveNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$153.62$167.608.3%
      Phone $177.30$163.428.5%
      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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      Milwaukee, WI598,67288-12%
      West Milwaukee, WI4,21489-11%
      West Allis, WI60,54390-10%
      St. Francis, WI9,51690-10%
      Cudahy, WI18,32191-9%
      Elm Grove, WI6,08511616%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Patterson, LA6,08590-10%
      Gunnison, CO6,0861044%
      Chamberlayne, VA6,0861033%
      White Rock, NM6,0831066%
      Fowler, CA6,08311313%
      Elm Grove, WI6,08511616%
      Source: The Elm Grove, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.