Kalaoa 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 index169176100
Goods & Services index129127100
Groceries index152156100
Health care index119120100
Housing index223250100
Transportation index146141100
Utilities index203194100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Kalaoa, HI. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Kalaoa, HI being 169, that puts it 4% lower than the average of Hawaii and 69% higher 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 Kalaoa, HI, the price of goods and services are 1% higher than the average of Hawaii as well as 29% higher than the nation's average.
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  • The cost of living in Kalaoa is 4% lower than the Hawaii average.
  • The cost of living in Kalaoa is 69% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Kalaoa is 123% higher than the national average.
  • Hawaii general sales tax is 18% lower than the national average.
  • Hawaii state income tax is 37% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Kalaoa, HI to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Kalaoa, HI, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Kalaoa, HI salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Kalaoa, HI by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Kalaoa, HI have a median income of $85,349. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,991 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $36,411, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $850.

Hawaii Sales Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Kalaoa, HI you will want to make sure you consider both the Hawaii sales tax and the Hawaii income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Hawaii is 4.166%, with the highest surtax being 4.712%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Hawaii have a range from 1.4% to 8.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemKalaoaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.17$17.4930.4%
Beauty Salon $31.47$38.1717.5%
Toothpaste $4.08$2.3276.0%
Shampoo $1.72$1.0170.3%
Movie $10.04$10.726.4%
Bowling $13.87$13.860.1%


ItemKalaoaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.25$3.909.0%
Fried Chicken $2.19$1.4056.8%
Milk $3.21$1.9663.4%
Potatoes $4.25$3.1833.6%
Pizza $12.30$10.3918.3%
Beer $7.78$9.2315.7%

Health Care

ItemKalaoaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $136.85$106.3428.7%
Doctor $133.68$115.2516.0%
Dentist $112.79$98.3814.6%
Ibuprofen $13.01$9.2640.5%
Lipitor $398.63$466.4714.5%


ItemKalaoaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $489,400.00$184,700.00165.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,014.49$1,273.3258.2%
Apartment Rent $1,189.00$949.0025.3%


ItemKalaoaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $3.16$2.5922.0%
Tire Balancing $72.96$48.9049.2%


ItemKalaoaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$431.66$167.60157.5%
Phone $39.39$163.4275.9%
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.
Honalo, HI2,29015151%
Waikoloa Village, HI6,29215858%
Kealakekua, HI1,96615959%
Holualoa, HI9,43917070%
Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI3,38117474%
Kalaoa, HI11,19816969%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Elwood, NY11,19716161%
Piedmont, CA11,201294194%
Springdale, OH11,20593-7%
Tarboro, NC11,20685-15%
Coshocton, OH11,19080-20%
Kalaoa, HI11,19816969%
Source: The Kalaoa, HI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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