Richmond 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 index7589100
Goods & Services index8198100
Groceries index9394100
Health care index7693100
Housing index5072100
Transportation index9196100
Utilities index9194100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Richmond, IN is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Richmond, IN enjoy a cost of living index of 75. This index is 16% lower than the Indiana average, and 25% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Richmond, IN, the average cost of goods and services is 17% lower than it is in Indiana, and it is 19% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Richmond is 16% lower than the Indiana average.
  • The cost of living in Richmond is 25% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Richmond is 50% lower than the national average.
  • Indiana general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Indiana state income tax is 48% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Richmond, IN to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Richmond, IN, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Richmond, IN salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
The affordability of the housing market in Richmond, IN as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Richmond, IN homeowners, the median income is $47,095. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,099 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $18,847. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $440 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Indiana Sales Tax

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Indiana Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Richmond, IN you will want to make sure you consider both the Indiana sales tax and the Indiana 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 Indiana is 7%, with the highest surtax being 7%. 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 Indiana have a range from 3.3% to 3.3%.

Goods & Services

ItemRichmondNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.07$16.0931.2%
Beauty Salon $25.07$37.3332.8%
Toothpaste $1.93$2.4521.0%
Shampoo $0.87$1.0012.8%
Movie $6.02$10.2841.5%
Bowling $3.49$4.9329.3%


ItemRichmondNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.52$3.807.4%
Fried Chicken $1.22$1.4012.6%
Milk $1.59$2.0120.7%
Potatoes $2.65$3.0111.8%
Pizza $8.00$9.8919.1%
Beer $8.29$8.906.9%

Health Care

ItemRichmondNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $49.75$102.1651.3%
Doctor $65.15$108.3639.9%
Dentist $70.01$92.5324.3%
Ibuprofen $8.66$9.286.7%
Lipitor $415.83$425.822.3%


ItemRichmondNational avg.Difference
Home Price $81,900.00$184,700.0055.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $826.93$1,202.4431.2%
Apartment Rent $601.00$949.0036.7%


ItemRichmondNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.21$2.241.6%
Tire Balancing $35.40$46.2923.5%


ItemRichmondNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$142.37$165.9614.2%
Phone $27.84$28.682.9%
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.
Economy, IN15071-29%
Hollansburg, OH25371-29%
Modoc, IN20471-29%
Milton, IN41273-27%
Greens Fork, IN43073-27%
Richmond, IN36,08275-25%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Temple City, CA36,08416262%
Lufkin, TX36,11289-11%
Menomonee Falls, WI36,1181044%
Columbia, TN36,13085-15%
Franklin, WI36,1551044%
Richmond, IN36,08275-25%
Source: The Richmond, IN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.