Emmetsburg 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 index8690100
Goods & Services index9696100
Groceries index9698100
Health care index98100100
Housing index5373100
Transportation index103101100
Utilities index11198100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Emmetsburg, IA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Emmetsburg, IA enjoy a cost of living index of 86. This index is 5% lower than the Iowa average, and 14% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Emmetsburg, IA, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in Iowa, and it is 4% lower than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Emmetsburg is 5% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Emmetsburg is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Emmetsburg is 47% lower than the national average.
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Iowa state income tax is 84% lower 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 Emmetsburg, IA, 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 Emmetsburg, IA homeowners have a median income of $61,750. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,441 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $26,957, which means there is a maximum of $629 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Iowa Sales Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Emmetsburg, IA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Iowa, as well as the rate for income tax in Iowa. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Iowa is 7%, and the sales tax in the state of Iowa is 6%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Iowa starts from 0.36% and goes up to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemEmmetsburgNational avg.Difference
Haircut $25.76$17.4947.3%
Beauty Salon $29.22$38.1723.4%
Toothpaste $2.82$2.3221.5%
Shampoo $0.99$1.012.2%
Movie $10.50$10.722.1%
Bowling $10.00$13.8627.9%


ItemEmmetsburgNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.27$3.9016.2%
Fried Chicken $1.65$1.4018.2%
Milk $2.07$1.965.5%
Potatoes $2.99$3.186.1%
Pizza $11.49$10.3910.5%
Beer $8.93$9.233.2%

Health Care

ItemEmmetsburgNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $94.00$106.3411.6%
Doctor $130.00$115.2512.8%
Dentist $92.00$98.386.5%
Ibuprofen $7.79$9.2615.9%
Lipitor $465.99$466.470.1%


ItemEmmetsburgNational avg.Difference
Home Price $91,400.00$184,700.0050.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $927.46$1,273.3227.2%
Apartment Rent $582.00$949.0038.7%


ItemEmmetsburgNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.92$2.5912.8%
Tire Balancing $43.98$48.9010.1%


ItemEmmetsburgNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$204.31$167.6021.9%
Phone $178.59$163.429.3%
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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Rodman, IA3977-23%
Cylinder, IA7678-22%
Fenton, IA31278-22%
Ringsted, IA47980-20%
Emmetsburg, IA3,80386-14%

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Crane, TX3,80183-17%
Beach Haven West, NJ3,80113434%
Emmetsburg, IA3,80386-14%
Source: The Emmetsburg, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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