Jacksonville 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 index8799100
Goods & Services index105101100
Groceries index9597100
Health care index104101100
Housing index5795100
Transportation index102105100
Utilities index8996100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Jacksonville, IL cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Illinois and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Jacksonville, IL is 87, which is 12% lower than the Illinois average and 13% 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 Jacksonville, IL are 4% higher than the average for Illinois and 5% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Jacksonville is 12% lower than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Jacksonville is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Jacksonville is 43% lower than the national average.
  • Illinois general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average.
  • Illinois state income tax is 69% higher than the national average.

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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Jacksonville, IL to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Jacksonville, IL, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Jacksonville, IL salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

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 Jacksonville, IL, 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 Jacksonville, IL homeowners have a median income of $56,600. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,321 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $25,066, which means there is a maximum of $585 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Illinois Sales Tax

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Illinois Income Tax

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For those who live in Jacksonville, IL and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Illinois income tax rate and the Illinois sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Illinois, the sales tax is 6.25%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 10.25%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Illinois, the income tax rate ranges between 3.75% to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemJacksonvilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $10.71$16.0933.4%
Beauty Salon $32.39$37.3313.2%
Toothpaste $2.21$2.459.7%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0011.4%
Movie $11.99$10.2816.6%
Bowling $6.40$4.9329.7%


ItemJacksonvilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.69$3.803.0%
Fried Chicken $1.40$1.400.5%
Milk $1.72$2.0114.5%
Potatoes $2.86$3.015.0%
Pizza $12.73$9.8928.7%
Beer $8.22$8.907.6%

Health Care

ItemJacksonvilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $74.00$102.1627.6%
Doctor $133.89$108.3623.6%
Dentist $89.33$92.533.5%
Ibuprofen $9.21$9.280.7%
Lipitor $431.02$425.821.2%


ItemJacksonvilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $95,800.00$184,700.0048.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $998.55$1,202.4417.0%
Apartment Rent $658.00$949.0030.7%


ItemJacksonvilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.25$2.240.2%
Tire Balancing $48.87$46.295.6%


ItemJacksonvilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.87$165.963.7%
Phone $23.34$28.6818.6%
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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Lynnville, IL5580-20%
Glasgow, IL17481-19%
Alsey, IL18481-19%
Manchester, IL29682-18%
Jacksonville, IL19,04287-13%

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