Oelwein 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 index8189100
Goods & Services index10295100
Groceries index9594100
Health care index9197100
Housing index4473100
Transportation index10099100
Utilities index8495100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Oelwein, IA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Oelwein, IA is 81, which is 8% lower than the Iowa average and 19% 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 Oelwein, IA are 7% higher than the Iowa average and 2% higher than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Oelwein is 8% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Oelwein is 19% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Oelwein is 56% 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
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 Oelwein, IA, 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. Oelwein, IA has a median income of about $48,388 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,129 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $24,156. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $564 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Iowa Sales Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Oelwein, IA, the Iowa income tax and the Iowa sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Iowa maximum surtax is 7%, and the Iowa sales tax is 6%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0.36% to 8.98% in Iowa.

Goods & Services

ItemOelweinNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.50$16.0922.3%
Beauty Salon $27.50$37.3326.3%
Toothpaste $2.14$2.4512.7%
Shampoo $1.01$1.000.6%
Movie $10.67$10.283.8%
Bowling $3.50$4.9329.0%


ItemOelweinNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.64$3.804.4%
Fried Chicken $1.53$1.409.8%
Milk $1.94$2.013.4%
Potatoes $3.06$3.011.7%
Pizza $9.16$9.897.4%
Beer $7.85$8.9011.8%

Health Care

ItemOelweinNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.17$102.1617.6%
Doctor $101.67$108.366.2%
Dentist $81.66$92.5311.7%
Ibuprofen $8.43$9.289.1%
Lipitor $359.57$425.8215.6%


ItemOelweinNational avg.Difference
Home Price $67,300.00$184,700.0063.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,215.22$1,202.441.1%
Apartment Rent $596.00$949.0037.2%


ItemOelweinNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.29$2.242.1%
Tire Balancing $43.78$46.295.4%


ItemOelweinNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$160.04$165.963.6%
Phone $20.10$28.6829.9%
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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Stanley, IA11473-27%
Randalia, IA6078-22%
Westgate, IA18779-21%
Hazleton, IA79480-20%
Lamont, IA43081-19%
Oelwein, IA6,19581-19%

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Cambria, CA6,19816060%
Enoch, UT6,19989-11%
Oelwein, IA6,19581-19%
Source: The Oelwein, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.
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