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Overall 2%
Goods & Services 6%
Housing 22%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexJeffersonWisconsinNational
Cost of living9896100
Goods & Services10698100
Groceries10697100
Health care123113100
Housing7888100
Transportation104100100
Utilities10097100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Jefferson is 2% higher than the Wisconsin average
  • The cost of living in Jefferson is 2% lower than the national average
  • Jefferson housing is 22% lower than the national average
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 62% 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)
      Owners$66,823$5,569$1,559$2,005
      Renters$35,844$2,987$836$1,075
      The percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in Jefferson, WI, as well as what the overall cost of living might be. 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 payments and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Jefferson, homeowners have a median income of $66,823. Using that number, a maximum of $1,559 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $35,844, which means there is a maximum of $836 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

      Wisconsin Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Wisconsin5%6.75%

      Wisconsin Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Wisconsin4%7.65%

      Goods & Services

      ItemJeffersonNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $17.67$17.491.0%
      Beauty Salon $39.67$38.173.9%
      Toothpaste $2.32$2.320.0%
      Shampoo $1.02$1.010.8%
      Movie $11.47$10.727.0%
      Bowling $22.33$13.8661.1%

      Groceries

      ItemJeffersonNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.79$3.902.8%
      Fried Chicken $1.62$1.4016.1%
      Milk $2.16$1.9610.1%
      Potatoes $2.82$3.1811.4%
      Pizza $9.83$10.395.4%
      Beer $8.24$9.2310.7%

      Health Care

      ItemJeffersonNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $61.00$106.3442.6%
      Doctor $196.00$115.2570.1%
      Dentist $112.33$98.3814.2%
      Ibuprofen $11.16$9.2620.5%
      Lipitor $495.59$466.476.2%

      Housing

      ItemJeffersonNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $143,900.00$184,700.0022.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,499.37$1,273.3217.8%
      Apartment Rent $746.00$949.0021.4%

      Transportation

      ItemJeffersonNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.67$2.593.1%
      Tire Balancing $52.67$48.907.7%

      Utilities

      ItemJeffersonNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$172.59$167.603.0%
      Phone $175.83$163.427.6%
      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.

      Nearby cities with low cost of living

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Edgerton, WI5,49496-4%
      Waterloo, WI3,34197-3%
      Watertown, WI23,87898-2%
      Fort Atkinson, WI12,47098-2%
      Palmyra, WI1,66091-9%
      Jefferson, WI7,97698-2%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Applewood, CO7,97612929%
      Mount Joy, PA7,97898-2%
      Ephrata, WA7,98091-9%
      Gresham Park, GA7,97193-7%
      Newton, NJ7,9821066%
      Jefferson, WI7,97698-2%
      Source: The Jefferson, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.