Overall 9%
Goods & Services 1%
Housing 34%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from C2ER in January, 2021; this is the most current data available.
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.
Cost of living9196100
Goods & Services9998100
Health care113113100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Oshkosh is 5% lower than the Wisconsin average
  • The cost of living in Oshkosh is 9% lower than the national average
  • Oshkosh housing is 34% lower than the national average
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 62% higher than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in Oshkosh, WI, is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Oshkosh, the median monthly income is $62,317 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,454 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $30,205, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $705 on monthly rental expenses.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemOshkoshNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $20.05$18.627.7%
      Beauty Salon $25.88$39.0533.7%
      Toothpaste $2.53$2.348.2%
      Shampoo $1.14$1.068.2%
      Movie $7.74$10.6827.5%
      Bowling $10.67$14.6727.2%


      ItemOshkoshNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.70$4.2211.4%
      Fried Chicken $1.68$1.3921.1%
      Milk $2.05$2.050.1%
      Potatoes $2.31$3.2929.8%
      Pizza $11.33$10.626.6%
      Beer $8.00$9.3814.8%

      Health Care

      ItemOshkoshNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $115.59$108.576.5%
      Doctor $187.44$116.1761.3%
      Dentist $89.58$99.139.6%
      Ibuprofen $9.42$9.682.6%
      Lipitor $484.33$466.923.7%


      ItemOshkoshNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $116,900.00$184,700.0036.7%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,018.25$1,197.4215.0%
      Apartment Rent $671.00$949.0029.3%


      ItemOshkoshNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.11$2.225.2%
      Tire Balancing $55.61$50.0711.1%


      ItemOshkoshNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$176.70$167.675.4%
      Phone $179.44$175.642.2%
      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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      Eureka, WI46689-11%
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      Ripon, WI7,71291-9%
      Menasha, WI17,93085-15%
      Winneconne, WI2,38293-7%
      Oshkosh, WI66,71391-9%

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      Woodbury, MN66,69912020%
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      Portland, ME66,64911212%
      Camarillo, CA66,63015555%
      Oshkosh, WI66,71391-9%
      Source: The Oshkosh, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.