Hays 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 index9089100
Goods & Services index9595100
Groceries index9694100
Health care index9895100
Housing index8276100
Transportation index9593100
Utilities index8798100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Hays, KS is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Hays, KS enjoy a cost of living index of 90. This index is 1% higher than the Kansas average, and 10% 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 Hays, KS, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in Kansas, and it is 5% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Hays is 1% higher than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Hays is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Hays is 18% 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
The affordability of the housing market in Hays, KS 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 Hays, KS homeowners, the median income is $69,486. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,621 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $26,072. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $608 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Kansas Sales Tax

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Kansas Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Hays, KS, the Kansas income tax and the Kansas sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Kansas maximum surtax is 10.15%, and the Kansas sales tax is 6.5%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 2.9% to 5.2% in Kansas.

Goods & Services

ItemHaysNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.35$16.094.6%
Beauty Salon $39.22$37.335.1%
Toothpaste $2.27$2.457.4%
Shampoo $0.88$1.0012.4%
Movie $9.55$10.287.1%
Bowling $3.50$4.9329.0%


ItemHaysNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.07$3.8019.3%
Fried Chicken $1.32$1.405.7%
Milk $2.03$2.011.1%
Potatoes $2.38$3.0120.8%
Pizza $9.49$9.894.0%
Beer $8.19$8.907.9%

Health Care

ItemHaysNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $111.72$102.169.4%
Doctor $100.33$108.367.4%
Dentist $95.50$92.533.2%
Ibuprofen $8.11$9.2812.6%
Lipitor $417.50$425.822.0%


ItemHaysNational avg.Difference
Home Price $161,800.00$184,700.0012.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,255.66$1,202.444.4%
Apartment Rent $644.00$949.0032.1%


ItemHaysNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.09$2.246.8%
Tire Balancing $45.25$46.292.3%


ItemHaysNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$152.34$165.968.2%
Phone $23.63$28.6817.6%
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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Catharine, KS1990-10%
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Munjor, KS17383-17%
Schoenchen, KS18784-16%
Victoria, KS1,31685-15%
Hays, KS21,07390-10%

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Source: The Hays, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.