Nampa cost of living index

Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The 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. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexNampaIdahoNational
Cost of living9294100
IndexNampaIdahoNational
Goods & Services10699100
Groceries9693100
Health care10196100
Housing7288100
Transportation112108100
Utilities8282100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Nampa is 2% lower than the Idaho average
  • The cost of living in Nampa is 8% lower than the national average
  • Nampa housing is 28% lower than the national average
  • Idaho general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average
  • Idaho state income tax is 49% 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)
      Owners$49,840$4,153$1,163$1,495
      Renters$30,520$2,543$712$916
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in Nampa is by simply calculating the maximum that should be spent on housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The plan is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Nampa has a median income of about $49,840 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $1,163 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $30,520. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $712 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      Idaho Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Idaho6%8.5%

      Idaho Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Idaho1.125%6.925%

      Goods & Services

      ItemNampaNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $20.43$17.4916.8%
      Beauty Salon $37.30$38.172.3%
      Toothpaste $2.21$2.324.8%
      Shampoo $0.97$1.014.1%
      Movie $10.92$10.721.8%
      Bowling $14.40$13.863.9%

      Groceries

      ItemNampaNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.11$3.905.4%
      Fried Chicken $0.97$1.4030.5%
      Milk $1.36$1.9630.7%
      Potatoes $1.68$3.1847.2%
      Pizza $9.49$10.398.7%
      Beer $9.12$9.231.2%

      Health Care

      ItemNampaNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $130.43$106.3422.7%
      Doctor $124.27$115.257.8%
      Dentist $88.00$98.3810.6%
      Ibuprofen $9.76$9.265.4%
      Lipitor $486.06$466.474.2%

      Housing

      ItemNampaNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $120,900.00$184,700.0034.5%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,256.69$1,273.321.3%
      Apartment Rent $817.00$949.0013.9%

      Transportation

      ItemNampaNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.95$2.5913.9%
      Tire Balancing $55.50$48.9013.5%

      Utilities

      ItemNampaNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$123.07$167.6026.6%
      Phone $167.40$163.422.4%
      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

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Marsing, ID1,53688-12%
      Melba, ID54289-11%
      Greenleaf, ID1,53090-10%
      Caldwell, ID50,28891-9%
      Notus, ID73691-9%
      Nampa, ID87,89692-8%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Reading, PA87,89981-19%
      Norwalk, CT87,93014646%
      Fort Smith, AR87,71282-18%
      Waukegan, IL88,15997-3%
      Meridian, ID88,2471033%
      Nampa, ID87,89692-8%
      Source: The Nampa, ID cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.