Paris 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 index8499100
Goods & Services index100101100
Groceries index9597100
Health care index96101100
Housing index4795100
Transportation index97105100
Utilities index11396100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Paris, IL cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Paris, IL is 84, which is 15% lower than the Illinois average and 16% 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 Paris, IL are 1% lower than the Illinois average and equal to the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Paris is 15% lower than the Illinois average.
  • The cost of living in Paris is 16% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Paris is 53% lower than the national average.
  • Illinois general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average.
  • Illinois state income tax is 69% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Paris, IL to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Paris, IL, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Paris, IL salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Paris, IL, all you must look at 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 Paris, IL, the median monthly income is $49,583 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,157 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $17,652, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $412 on monthly rental expenses.

Illinois Sales Tax

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Illinois Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Paris, IL you will want to make sure you consider both the Illinois sales tax and the Illinois 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 Illinois is 6.25%, with the highest surtax being 10.25%. 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 Illinois have a range from 3.75% to 3.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemParisNational avg.Difference
Haircut $10.44$16.0935.1%
Beauty Salon $27.50$37.3326.3%
Toothpaste $2.42$2.451.0%
Shampoo $0.93$1.006.7%
Movie $6.99$10.2832.0%
Bowling $4.13$4.9316.3%


ItemParisNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.26$3.8014.2%
Fried Chicken $1.35$1.403.6%
Milk $1.11$2.0144.7%
Potatoes $2.31$3.0123.4%
Pizza $10.16$9.892.7%
Beer $8.34$8.906.3%

Health Care

ItemParisNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $107.78$102.165.5%
Doctor $105.44$108.362.7%
Dentist $84.78$92.538.4%
Ibuprofen $8.66$9.286.6%
Lipitor $429.83$425.820.9%


ItemParisNational avg.Difference
Home Price $73,400.00$184,700.0060.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $812.19$1,202.4432.5%
Apartment Rent $596.00$949.0037.2%


ItemParisNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.31$2.242.9%
Tire Balancing $39.56$46.2914.5%


ItemParisNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$171.55$165.963.4%
Phone $35.66$28.6824.3%
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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Blanford, IN2941000%
Metcalf, IL17979-21%
Paris, IL8,41384-16%

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Paris, IL8,41384-16%
Source: The Paris, IL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.