Overall 12%
Goods & Services 4%
Housing 31%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from C2ER in January, 2021; 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.
IndexLe MarsIowaNational
Cost of living8890100
Goods & Services9696100
Health care95100100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Le Mars is 2% lower than the Iowa average
  • The cost of living in Le Mars is 12% lower than the national average
  • Le Mars housing is 31% lower than the national average
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average
  • Iowa state income tax is 87% lower than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in Le Mars, IA, is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Le Mars, the median monthly income is $67,477 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,574 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $25,966, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $606 on monthly rental expenses.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemLe MarsNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $17.96$18.623.6%
      Beauty Salon $34.01$39.0512.9%
      Toothpaste $2.38$2.341.5%
      Shampoo $0.94$1.0610.7%
      Movie $10.64$10.680.4%
      Bowling $15.57$14.676.1%


      ItemLe MarsNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.58$4.228.6%
      Fried Chicken $1.24$1.3910.3%
      Milk $2.00$2.052.6%
      Potatoes $4.03$3.2922.4%
      Pizza $10.01$10.625.7%
      Beer $8.97$9.384.4%

      Health Care

      ItemLe MarsNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $114.83$108.575.8%
      Doctor $119.00$116.172.4%
      Dentist $78.66$99.1320.6%
      Ibuprofen $10.51$9.688.6%
      Lipitor $495.32$466.926.1%


      ItemLe MarsNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $139,400.00$184,700.0024.5%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,001.62$1,197.4216.4%
      Apartment Rent $521.00$949.0045.1%


      ItemLe MarsNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.07$2.227.1%
      Tire Balancing $49.36$50.071.4%


      ItemLe MarsNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$146.44$167.6712.7%
      Phone $194.43$175.6410.7%
      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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      Craig, IA9281-19%
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      Le Mars, IA9,82688-12%

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      Fort Salonga, NY9,83517676%
      Nocatee, FL9,83612121%
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      Source: The Le Mars, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.