Plainfield 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 index9489100
Goods & Services index9797100
Groceries index9392100
Health care index9094100
Housing index8672100
Transportation index99100100
Utilities index10599100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Plainfield, IN cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Indiana and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Plainfield, IN is 94, which is 5% higher than the Indiana average and 6% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Plainfield, IN are equal to the average for Indiana and 3% lower than the rest of the country.
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  • The cost of living in Plainfield is 5% higher than the Indiana average.
  • The cost of living in Plainfield is 6% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Plainfield is 14% lower than the national average.
  • Indiana general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Indiana state income tax is 45% 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)
      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 Plainfield, IN, 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. Plainfield, IN has a median income of about $70,072 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,635 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $43,232. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,009 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      Indiana Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax

      Indiana Income Tax

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      One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Plainfield, IN is the Indiana sales tax and Indiana income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Indiana sales tax rate is 7% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Indiana income tax rates range from 3.23% to 3.23%.

      Goods & Services

      ItemPlainfieldNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $17.60$17.490.6%
      Beauty Salon $41.00$38.177.4%
      Toothpaste $1.91$2.3217.7%
      Shampoo $1.00$1.011.2%
      Movie $11.17$10.724.2%
      Bowling $16.40$13.8618.3%


      ItemPlainfieldNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.80$3.902.6%
      Fried Chicken $1.21$1.4013.3%
      Milk $1.57$1.9620.0%
      Potatoes $2.75$3.1813.6%
      Pizza $10.99$10.395.7%
      Beer $8.85$9.234.1%

      Health Care

      ItemPlainfieldNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $57.80$106.3445.6%
      Doctor $91.86$115.2520.3%
      Dentist $93.80$98.384.7%
      Ibuprofen $8.50$9.268.2%
      Lipitor $497.71$466.476.7%


      ItemPlainfieldNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $147,200.00$184,700.0020.3%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $931.76$1,273.3226.8%
      Apartment Rent $943.00$949.000.6%


      ItemPlainfieldNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.78$2.597.3%
      Tire Balancing $43.57$48.9010.9%


      ItemPlainfieldNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$183.99$167.609.8%
      Phone $181.43$163.4211.0%
      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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      Source: The Plainfield, IN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.