Monticello 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 index8889100
Goods & Services index9595100
Groceries index9694100
Health care index10497100
Housing index6373100
Transportation index10499100
Utilities index10195100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Monticello, IA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Monticello, IA is 88, which is 1% lower than the Iowa average and 12% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Monticello, IA are equal to the Iowa average and 5% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Monticello is 1% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Monticello is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Monticello is 37% lower than the national average.
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Iowa state income tax is 84% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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The affordability of the housing market in Monticello, IA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Monticello, IA homeowners, the median income is $62,770. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,465 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $32,316. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $754 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Iowa Sales Tax

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Iowa Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Monticello, IA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Iowa, as well as the rate for income tax in Iowa. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Iowa is 7%, and the sales tax in the state of Iowa is 6%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Iowa starts from 0.36% and goes up to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.59$16.0915.6%
Beauty Salon $37.28$37.330.1%
Toothpaste $2.24$2.458.5%
Shampoo $0.85$1.0015.0%
Movie $10.00$10.282.8%
Bowling $3.61$4.9326.8%


ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.84$3.801.0%
Fried Chicken $1.47$1.405.5%
Milk $1.97$2.011.9%
Potatoes $2.66$3.0111.7%
Pizza $8.66$9.8912.4%
Beer $8.74$8.901.8%

Health Care

ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.35$102.1617.8%
Doctor $128.23$108.3618.3%
Dentist $82.63$92.5310.7%
Ibuprofen $9.41$9.281.4%
Lipitor $457.54$425.827.4%


ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Home Price $117,000.00$184,700.0036.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,140.48$1,202.445.2%
Apartment Rent $599.00$949.0036.9%


ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.16$2.243.7%
Tire Balancing $56.31$46.2921.6%


ItemMonticelloNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$189.42$165.9614.1%
Phone $25.00$28.6812.8%
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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Monticello, IA3,80988-12%

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