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Overall 2%
Goods & Services 7%
Housing 20%
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.
IndexPolk CityIowaNational
Cost of living10290100
Goods & Services9396100
Groceries9598100
Health care96100100
Housing12073100
Transportation102101100
Utilities8998100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Polk City is 13% higher than the Iowa average
  • The cost of living in Polk City is 2% higher than the national average
  • Polk City housing is 20% higher than the national average
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average
  • Iowa state income tax is 85% 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$96,196$8,016$2,244$2,886
      Renters$61,409$5,117$1,433$1,842

      Iowa Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Iowa6%7%

      Iowa Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Iowa0.33%8.53%

      Goods & Services

      ItemPolk CityNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $17.17$17.491.8%
      Beauty Salon $31.00$38.1718.8%
      Toothpaste $1.94$2.3216.4%
      Shampoo $1.07$1.015.7%
      Movie $9.06$10.7215.5%
      Bowling $17.60$13.8627.0%

      Groceries

      ItemPolk CityNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.23$3.9017.2%
      Fried Chicken $1.71$1.4022.5%
      Milk $2.22$1.9613.1%
      Potatoes $2.20$3.1830.9%
      Pizza $9.99$10.393.9%
      Beer $8.50$9.237.9%

      Health Care

      ItemPolk CityNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $114.14$106.347.3%
      Doctor $123.00$115.256.7%
      Dentist $81.17$98.3817.5%
      Ibuprofen $8.31$9.2610.3%
      Lipitor $492.84$466.475.7%

      Housing

      ItemPolk CityNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $228,700.00$184,700.0023.8%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,109.95$1,273.3212.8%
      Apartment Rent $1,039.00$949.009.5%

      Transportation

      ItemPolk CityNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.61$2.590.5%
      Tire Balancing $52.99$48.908.4%

      Utilities

      ItemPolk CityNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$137.97$167.6017.7%
      Phone $176.49$163.428.0%
      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.

      Nearby cities with low cost of living

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Luther, IA14783-17%
      Elkhart, IA81585-15%
      Woodward, IA1,62189-11%
      Kelley, IA30690-10%
      Des Moines, IA212,85987-13%
      Polk City, IA4,1151022%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Waverly, TN4,11587-13%
      Crawfordville, FL4,11593-7%
      Ridgeland, SC4,11694-6%
      Lawrenceville, NJ4,11612727%
      Louisville, TN4,11495-5%
      Polk City, IA4,1151022%
      Source: The Polk City, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.