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Overall 3%
Goods & Services 7%
Housing 4%
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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.
IndexSouthgate TriangleMissoulaMontana
Cost of living9710198
Goods & Services939399
Groceries102102103
Health care104104101
Housing10411699
Transportation949494
Utilities888888

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Southgate Triangle is 1% lower than the Missoula average
  • The cost of living in Southgate Triangle is 3% lower than the national average
  • Southgate Triangle housing is 4% higher than the national average
  • Montana general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average
  • Montana state income tax is 59% lower 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)
      Household$40,536$3,378$946$1,216

      Montana Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Montana0%0%

      Montana Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Montana1%6.9%

      Goods & Services

      ItemMissoulaNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $16.20$20.2720.1%
      Beauty Salon $34.44$40.3914.7%
      Toothpaste $2.23$2.365.6%
      Shampoo $0.96$1.0810.5%
      Movie $11.53$10.994.9%
      Bowling $10.67$15.4931.1%

      Groceries

      ItemMissoulaNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.90$4.309.2%
      Fried Chicken $1.30$1.406.9%
      Milk $1.95$2.2011.5%
      Potatoes $2.41$3.2225.2%
      Pizza $10.72$10.740.2%
      Beer $9.30$9.603.1%

      Health Care

      ItemMissoulaNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $141.00$109.7328.5%
      Doctor $126.68$118.347.0%
      Dentist $96.40$100.944.5%
      Ibuprofen $10.45$9.935.2%
      Lipitor $480.42$469.532.3%

      Housing

      ItemMissoulaNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $241,000.00$184,700.0030.5%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $910.12$1,229.6226.0%
      Apartment Rent $772.00$949.0018.7%

      Transportation

      ItemMissoulaNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.73$2.710.7%
      Tire Balancing $43.60$51.8615.9%

      Utilities

      ItemMissoulaNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$139.75$170.8418.2%
      Phone $180.44$187.183.6%
      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.

      Nearby cities with low cost of living

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Huson, MT12955.3%
      Bonner-West Riverside, MT1,6828316.9%
      Evaro, MT358954.8%
      Clinton, MT1,076964.3%
      East Missoula, MT2,114964.1%
      Missoula, MT70,1171011.0%

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      Missoula, MT70,1171011.0%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.