Mauston 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.
IndexMaustonWisconsinNational
Cost of living index9296100
IndexMaustonWisconsinNational
Goods & Services index10698100
Groceries index10697100
Health care index123113100
Housing index5988100
Transportation index104100100
Utilities index10097100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Mauston, WI is shown above. Compared to the state average of Wisconsin the cost of living index in Mauston, WI is 92, which is 4% lower than the average in Wisconsin and compared to the national average it is 8% 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 Mauston, WI goods and services come in at 8% higher than the average in Wisconsin and are 6% higher than compared to the nationwide average.
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  • The cost of living in Mauston is 4% lower than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in Mauston is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Mauston is 41% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 80% 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$47,991$3,999$1,120$1,440
      Renters$33,458$2,788$781$1,004
      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 Mauston, WI, 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. Mauston, WI has a median income of about $47,991 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,120 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $33,458. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $781 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      Wisconsin Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Wisconsin5%6.75%

      Wisconsin Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Wisconsin4%7.65%
      The Wisconsin sales tax and Wisconsin income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Mauston, WI. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Wisconsin sales tax is 5% and the maximum surtax is 6.75%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Wisconsin income tax rates range from 4% to 7.65%.

      Goods & Services

      ItemMaustonNational 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

      ItemMaustonNational 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

      ItemMaustonNational 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

      ItemMaustonNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $98,800.00$184,700.0046.5%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,499.37$1,273.3217.8%
      Apartment Rent $669.00$949.0029.5%

      Transportation

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

      Utilities

      ItemMaustonNational 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.

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      Source: The Mauston, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.