Ely 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.
Cost of living index84103100
Goods & Services index89106100
Groceries index91101100
Health care index85107100
Housing index69104100
Transportation index102110100
Utilities index8585100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Ely, NV cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Nevada and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Ely, NV is 84, which is 18% lower than the Nevada average and 16% 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 Ely, NV are 16% lower than the average for Nevada and 11% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Ely is 18% lower than the Nevada average.
  • The cost of living in Ely is 16% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Ely is 31% lower than the national average.
  • Nevada general sales tax is 35% higher than the national average.
  • Nevada state income tax is 100% lower 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)
The affordability of the housing market in Ely, NV as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately 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 ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Ely, NV homeowners, the median income is $59,297. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,384 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $30,417. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $710 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Nevada Sales Tax

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Nevada Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Ely, NV is the Nevada sales tax and Nevada income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Nevada sales tax rate is 6.85% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 8.15%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Nevada income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemElyNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.00$16.0913.0%
Beauty Salon $21.55$37.3342.3%
Toothpaste $2.01$2.4518.0%
Shampoo $0.86$1.0014.4%
Movie $9.08$10.2811.6%
Bowling $3.88$4.9321.3%


ItemElyNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.12$3.8017.9%
Fried Chicken $1.27$1.408.8%
Milk $1.59$2.0120.8%
Potatoes $1.99$3.0133.9%
Pizza $10.00$9.891.2%
Beer $8.74$8.901.8%

Health Care

ItemElyNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $97.50$102.164.6%
Doctor $96.33$108.3611.1%
Dentist $71.25$92.5323.0%
Ibuprofen $6.26$9.2832.6%
Lipitor $423.70$425.820.5%


ItemElyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $125,000.00$184,700.0032.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $954.84$1,202.4420.6%
Apartment Rent $698.00$949.0026.4%


ItemElyNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.36$2.245.1%
Tire Balancing $44.95$46.292.9%


ItemElyNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$165.78$165.960.1%
Phone $19.65$28.6831.5%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
McGill, NV1,16880-20%
Ruth, NV39995-5%
Ely, NV4,16984-16%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Dwight, IL4,16895-5%
Dilley, TX4,16877-23%
Aldan, PA4,1701077%
Centralia, MO4,16783-17%
Sidney, NY4,16787-13%
Ely, NV4,16984-16%
Source: The Ely, NV cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.