B+
Overall 9%
Goods & Services 2%
Housing 42%
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. 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.
IndexOutlookMontanaNational
Cost of living91100100
Goods & Services102106100
Groceries113104100
Health care11395100
Housing5899100
Transportation11391100
Utilities8986100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Outlook is 9% lower than the Montana average
  • The cost of living in Outlook is 9% lower than the national average
  • Outlook housing is 42% lower than the national average
  • Montana general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average
  • Montana state income tax is 59% 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$76,875$6,406$1,794$2,306
      Renters$0$0$0$0

      Montana Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Montana0%0%

      Montana Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Montana1%6.9%

      Goods & Services

      ItemOutlookNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $20.33$17.4916.2%
      Beauty Salon $31.25$38.1718.1%
      Toothpaste $4.34$2.3287.0%
      Shampoo $1.41$1.0139.3%
      Movie $11.19$10.724.3%
      Bowling $10.00$13.8627.9%

      Groceries

      ItemOutlookNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $2.98$3.9023.6%
      Fried Chicken $1.55$1.4011.1%
      Milk $2.65$1.9635.1%
      Potatoes $4.15$3.1830.4%
      Pizza $12.99$10.3925.0%
      Beer $8.35$9.239.5%

      Health Care

      ItemOutlookNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $115.67$106.348.8%
      Doctor $160.00$115.2538.8%
      Dentist $96.50$98.381.9%
      Ibuprofen $10.07$9.268.7%
      Lipitor $533.27$466.4714.3%

      Housing

      ItemOutlookNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $106,700.00$184,700.0042.2%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,280.63$1,273.320.6%
      Apartment Rent $0.00$949.00100.0%

      Transportation

      ItemOutlookNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.69$2.593.8%
      Tire Balancing $64.65$48.9032.2%

      Utilities

      ItemOutlookNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$131.81$167.6021.4%
      Phone $185.52$163.4213.5%
      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.
      Plentywood, MT1,88199-1%
      Outlook, MT9091-9%

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      Hobucken, NC901055%
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      Leonore, IL9084-16%
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      Jesterville, MD9011212%
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      Source: The Outlook, MT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.