Rochester 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.
IndexRochesterMichiganNational
Cost of living index11489100
IndexRochesterMichiganNational
Goods & Services index10495100
Groceries index9388100
Health care index9394100
Housing index14474100
Transportation index114106100
Utilities index9499100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Rochester, MI is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Rochester, MI enjoy a cost of living index of 114. This index is 28% higher than the Michigan average, and 14% higher 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 Rochester, MI, the average cost of goods and services is 9% higher than it is in Michigan, and it is 4% higher than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Rochester is 28% higher than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Rochester is 14% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Rochester is 44% higher than the national average.
  • Michigan general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Michigan state income tax is 91% 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)
      Owners$120,197$10,016$2,804$3,606
      Renters$40,986$3,416$956$1,230
      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 Rochester, MI, 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. Rochester, MI has a median income of about $120,197 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,804 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $40,986. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $956 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      Michigan Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Michigan6%6%

      Michigan Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Michigan4.25%4.25%
      When you are determining the total cost of living in Rochester, MI you will want to make sure you consider both the Michigan sales tax and the Michigan 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 Michigan is 6%, with the highest surtax being 6%. 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 Michigan have a range from 4.25% to 4.25%.

      Goods & Services

      ItemRochesterNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $17.38$17.490.6%
      Beauty Salon $52.83$38.1738.4%
      Toothpaste $1.97$2.3215.1%
      Shampoo $0.94$1.017.1%
      Movie $11.09$10.723.4%
      Bowling $19.60$13.8641.4%

      Groceries

      ItemRochesterNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.92$3.900.5%
      Fried Chicken $1.12$1.4019.8%
      Milk $1.27$1.9635.3%
      Potatoes $3.10$3.182.6%
      Pizza $10.49$10.390.9%
      Beer $8.15$9.2311.7%

      Health Care

      ItemRochesterNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $83.25$106.3421.7%
      Doctor $100.00$115.2513.2%
      Dentist $93.78$98.384.7%
      Ibuprofen $8.31$9.2610.3%
      Lipitor $488.12$466.474.6%

      Housing

      ItemRochesterNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $308,700.00$184,700.0067.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,257.59$1,273.321.2%
      Apartment Rent $861.00$949.009.3%

      Transportation

      ItemRochesterNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.90$2.5911.9%
      Tire Balancing $59.77$48.9022.2%

      Utilities

      ItemRochesterNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$152.80$167.608.8%
      Phone $175.97$163.427.7%
      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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      Center Line, MI8,31383-17%
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      Roseville, MI47,60687-13%
      Madison Heights, MI30,16888-12%
      Rochester, MI12,96911414%

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      Rochester, MI12,96911414%
      Source: The Rochester, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.