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Overall 20%
Goods & Services 7%
Housing 52%
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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.
IndexNilesMichiganNational
Cost of living8089100
Goods & Services9494100
Groceries9191100
Health care9795100
Housing4874100
Transportation92102100
Utilities95102100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Niles is 10% lower than the Michigan average
  • The cost of living in Niles is 20% lower than the national average
  • Niles housing is 52% lower than the national average
  • Michigan general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average
  • Michigan state income tax is 72% 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$43,329$3,611$1,011$1,300
      Renters$18,538$1,545$433$556
      The affordability of the housing market in Niles, MI as well as the overall cost of living can be predicted 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 be spent on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Niles homeowners, the median income is $43,329. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,011 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $18,538. This indicates that renters would have a maximum of $433 for their rent related monthly costs.

      Michigan Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Michigan6%6%

      Michigan Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Michigan4.25%4.25%

      Goods & Services

      ItemNilesNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $19.94$20.271.6%
      Beauty Salon $40.00$40.391.0%
      Toothpaste $1.81$2.3623.3%
      Shampoo $0.91$1.0815.1%
      Movie $10.21$10.997.1%
      Bowling $8.88$15.4942.7%

      Groceries

      ItemNilesNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.75$4.3012.8%
      Fried Chicken $1.37$1.402.1%
      Milk $1.47$2.2033.1%
      Potatoes $2.99$3.227.2%
      Pizza $12.11$10.7412.8%
      Beer $8.78$9.608.5%

      Health Care

      ItemNilesNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $111.11$109.731.3%
      Doctor $120.66$118.342.0%
      Dentist $102.22$100.941.3%
      Ibuprofen $8.80$9.9311.4%
      Lipitor $394.82$469.5315.9%

      Housing

      ItemNilesNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $76,300.00$184,700.0058.7%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,139.56$1,229.627.3%
      Apartment Rent $613.00$949.0035.4%

      Transportation

      ItemNilesNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.54$2.716.2%
      Tire Balancing $45.67$51.8611.9%

      Utilities

      ItemNilesNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$154.53$170.849.5%
      Phone $187.80$187.180.3%
      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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      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Cassopolis, MI1,7268316.9%
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      Edwardsburg, MI1,2698712.7%
      South Bend, IN101,0378118.9%
      Niles, MI11,3798020.3%

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      Woodmere, LA11,391963.9%
      Niles, MI11,3798020.3%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.