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.
A general overview of the cost of living index for Lawrence, IN is displayed above. In Lawrence, IN, the overall cost of living index is 90, which is 1% higher than the Indiana average and 10% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Lawrence, IN, the city's goods and services are 2% higher than the Indiana average and 1% lower than the U.S. average.
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The cost of living in Lawrence is 1% higher than the Indiana average.
The cost of living in Lawrence is 10% lower than the national average.
The cost of housing in Lawrence is 26% lower than the national average.
Indiana general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
Indiana state income tax is 48% higher than the national average.
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Use the salary calculator to compare your current income in Lawrence, IN to any other city in the country. The calculator will tell you how much income you would need to make in a particular city to live at the same level based on the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the city you are looking to move to is higher than that of Lawrence, IN, then you would need to earn a higher salary in order to enjoy the same standard of living. To use the Lawrence, IN salary calculator, enter the name of the new city, then move the slider to your current salary level. The salary calculator will do the rest and let you know if your salary would need to increase or decrease for the new city. You will also see a complete overview of the cost of living.
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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Lawrence, IN 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 Lawrence, IN homeowners, is $66,659. This would allow for a maximum of $1,555 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $31,331 which would result in a maximum of $731 to be spent on rental costs.
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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Lawrence, IN is the Indiana sales tax and Indiana income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Indiana sales tax rate is 7% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Indiana income tax rates range from 3.3% to 3.3%.
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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.