Orem 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 index101103100
Goods & Services index10098100
Groceries index9499100
Health care index9293100
Housing index110114100
Transportation index100104100
Utilities index8693100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Orem, UT cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Orem, UT is 101, which is 2% lower than the Utah average and 1% higher 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 Orem, UT are 2% higher than the Utah average and equal to the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Orem is 2% lower than the Utah average.
  • The cost of living in Orem is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Orem is 10% higher than the national average.
  • Utah general sales tax is 17% higher than the national average.
  • Utah state income tax is 125% 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)
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Orem, UT by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Orem, UT have a median income of $72,882. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,700 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $39,995, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $933.

Utah Sales Tax

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Utah Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Orem, UT you will want to make sure you consider both the Utah sales tax and the Utah income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Utah is 5.95%, with the highest surtax being 8.35%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Utah have a range from 5% to 5%.

Goods & Services

ItemOremNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.00$17.498.6%
Beauty Salon $35.00$38.178.3%
Toothpaste $2.08$2.3210.4%
Shampoo $0.91$1.0110.1%
Movie $10.48$10.722.3%
Bowling $18.33$13.8632.2%


ItemOremNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.48$3.9010.8%
Fried Chicken $1.72$1.4023.2%
Milk $1.46$1.9625.6%
Potatoes $1.99$3.1837.5%
Pizza $10.99$10.395.7%
Beer $8.52$9.237.7%

Health Care

ItemOremNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $82.67$106.3422.3%
Doctor $104.82$115.259.1%
Dentist $88.33$98.3810.2%
Ibuprofen $10.00$9.268.0%
Lipitor $449.90$466.473.6%


ItemOremNational avg.Difference
Home Price $215,200.00$184,700.0016.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,208.84$1,273.325.1%
Apartment Rent $903.00$949.004.8%


ItemOremNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.81$2.598.3%
Tire Balancing $43.96$48.9010.1%


ItemOremNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$124.36$167.6025.8%
Phone $184.38$163.4212.8%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Provo, UT115,71899-1%
Springville, UT31,7961000%
Spanish Fork, UT37,5651000%
American Fork, UT28,1271044%
Pleasant Grove, UT36,6781044%
Orem, UT93,2201011%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Sandy, UT93,14111414%
Spokane Valley, WA93,32297-3%
Yakima, WA93,33896-4%
Quincy, MA93,34913838%
Rio Rancho, NM92,96695-5%
Orem, UT93,2201011%
Source: The Orem, UT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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