Fulton 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 index9793100
Groceries index9898100
Health care index10097100
Housing index6178100
Transportation index9594100
Utilities index97103100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Fulton, MO cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Missouri and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Fulton, MO is 86, which is 5% lower than the Missouri 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 Fulton, MO are 4% higher than the average for Missouri and 3% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Fulton is 5% lower than the Missouri average.
  • The cost of living in Fulton is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fulton is 39% lower than the national average.
  • Missouri general sales tax is 17% lower than the national average.
  • Missouri state income tax is 33% 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 Fulton, MO 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 Fulton, MO homeowners, the median income is $54,367. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,268 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $24,167. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $564 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Missouri Sales Tax

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Missouri Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Fulton, MO is the Missouri sales tax and Missouri 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 Missouri sales tax rate is 4.225% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 10.85%. 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 Missouri income tax rates range from 1.5% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemFultonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.44$16.094.0%
Beauty Salon $36.29$37.332.8%
Toothpaste $2.42$2.451.3%
Shampoo $0.84$1.0016.0%
Movie $10.05$10.282.2%
Bowling $5.00$4.931.4%


ItemFultonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.32$3.8012.6%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.401.7%
Milk $2.14$2.016.6%
Potatoes $2.64$3.0112.3%
Pizza $10.10$9.892.2%
Beer $8.54$8.904.0%

Health Care

ItemFultonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.33$102.1620.4%
Doctor $127.06$108.3617.3%
Dentist $80.51$92.5313.0%
Ibuprofen $8.77$9.285.5%
Lipitor $459.88$425.828.0%


ItemFultonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $111,200.00$184,700.0039.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,055.24$1,202.4412.2%
Apartment Rent $590.00$949.0037.8%


ItemFultonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.16$2.243.6%
Tire Balancing $42.29$46.298.7%


ItemFultonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$162.17$165.962.3%
Phone $27.96$28.682.5%
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.
Chamois, MO39676-24%
Mokane, MO14680-20%
Auxvasse, MO1,14084-16%
New Bloomfield, MO73685-15%
Holts Summit, MO3,52588-12%
Fulton, MO12,88686-14%

Cities with similar population

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Dover, OH12,88685-15%
Bonita, CA12,88515858%
Glendale, WI12,8801022%
Warrington, FL12,89487-13%
Gladeview, FL12,89992-8%
Fulton, MO12,88686-14%
Source: The Fulton, MO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.