Hiawatha 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 index9289100
Goods & Services index9595100
Groceries index9694100
Health care index10497100
Housing index7873100
Transportation index10499100
Utilities index10195100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Hiawatha, IA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Hiawatha, IA being 92, that puts it 4% higher than the average of Iowa and 8% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Hiawatha, IA, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of Iowa as well as 5% lower than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Hiawatha is 4% higher than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Hiawatha is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Hiawatha is 22% 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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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Hiawatha, IA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Hiawatha, IA homeowners, is $57,351. This would allow for a maximum of $1,338 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $32,486 which would result in a maximum of $758 to be spent on rental costs.

Iowa Sales Tax

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Iowa Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Hiawatha, 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

ItemHiawathaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.59$16.0915.6%
Beauty Salon $37.28$37.330.1%
Toothpaste $2.24$2.458.5%
Shampoo $0.85$1.0015.0%
Movie $10.00$10.282.8%
Bowling $3.61$4.9326.8%


ItemHiawathaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.84$3.801.0%
Fried Chicken $1.47$1.405.5%
Milk $1.97$2.011.9%
Potatoes $2.66$3.0111.7%
Pizza $8.66$9.8912.4%
Beer $8.74$8.901.8%

Health Care

ItemHiawathaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.35$102.1617.8%
Doctor $128.23$108.3618.3%
Dentist $82.63$92.5310.7%
Ibuprofen $9.41$9.281.4%
Lipitor $457.54$425.827.4%


ItemHiawathaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $138,200.00$184,700.0025.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,140.48$1,202.445.2%
Apartment Rent $812.00$949.0014.4%


ItemHiawathaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.16$2.243.7%
Tire Balancing $56.31$46.2921.6%


ItemHiawathaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$189.42$165.9614.1%
Phone $25.00$28.6812.8%
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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Central City, IA1,32087-13%
Norway, IA52587-13%
Springville, IA1,07088-12%
Hiawatha, IA7,16092-8%

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Hiawatha, IA7,16092-8%
Source: The Hiawatha, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.