Kearney 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 index8995100
Groceries index9695100
Health care index96100100
Housing index8376100
Transportation index9897100
Utilities index10186100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Kearney, NE is shown above. Compared to the state average of Nebraska the cost of living index in Kearney, NE is 90, which is 2% higher than the average in Nebraska and compared to the national average it is 10% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Kearney, NE goods and services come in at 7% lower than the average in Nebraska and are 11% lower than compared to the nationwide average.
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  • The cost of living in Kearney is 2% higher than the Nebraska average.
  • The cost of living in Kearney is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Kearney is 17% lower than the national average.
  • Nebraska general sales tax is 8% higher than the national average.
  • Nebraska state income tax is 11% 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)
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Kearney, NE, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Kearney, NE has a median income of about $76,156 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,777 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $30,943. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $722 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Nebraska Sales Tax

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Nebraska Income Tax

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For those who live in Kearney, NE and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Nebraska income tax rate and the Nebraska 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 Nebraska, the sales tax is 5.5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7.5%. 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 Nebraska, the income tax rate ranges between 2.46% to 6.84%.

Goods & Services

ItemKearneyNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.74$16.0927.0%
Beauty Salon $25.40$37.3332.0%
Toothpaste $2.54$2.453.6%
Shampoo $1.02$1.002.2%
Movie $8.32$10.2819.1%
Bowling $4.97$4.930.8%


ItemKearneyNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.36$3.8011.7%
Fried Chicken $1.68$1.4020.1%
Milk $1.97$2.012.0%
Potatoes $2.81$3.016.6%
Pizza $10.67$9.898.0%
Beer $7.93$8.9010.8%

Health Care

ItemKearneyNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $92.26$102.169.7%
Doctor $103.85$108.364.2%
Dentist $80.57$92.5312.9%
Ibuprofen $9.77$9.285.3%
Lipitor $456.38$425.827.2%


ItemKearneyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $159,400.00$184,700.0013.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,285.36$1,202.446.9%
Apartment Rent $722.00$949.0023.9%


ItemKearneyNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.22$2.241.0%
Tire Balancing $43.96$46.295.0%


ItemKearneyNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$107.75$165.9635.1%
Phone $41.42$28.6844.4%
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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Gibbon, NE2,08186-14%
Riverdale, NE20487-13%
Kearney, NE32,70990-10%

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