Shelley 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 index9094100
Goods & Services index9896100
Groceries index9190100
Health care index9499100
Housing index7088100
Transportation index110109100
Utilities index10294100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Shelley, ID is shown above. Compared to the state average of Idaho the cost of living index in Shelley, ID is 90, which is 4% lower than the average in Idaho and compared to the national average it is 10% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Shelley, ID goods and services come in at 2% higher than the average in Idaho and are 2% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Shelley is 4% lower than the Idaho average.
  • The cost of living in Shelley is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Shelley is 30% lower than the national average.
  • Idaho general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Idaho state income tax is 28% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Shelley, ID 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 Shelley, ID, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Shelley, ID 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)
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 Shelley, ID, 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. Shelley, ID has a median income of about $56,135 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,310 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $34,265. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $799 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Idaho Sales Tax

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Idaho Income Tax

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For those who live in Shelley, ID and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Idaho income tax rate and the Idaho sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Idaho, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8.5%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Idaho, the income tax rate ranges between 1.6% to 7.4%.

Goods & Services

ItemShelleyNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.93$16.0925.8%
Beauty Salon $26.86$37.3328.0%
Toothpaste $2.80$2.4514.3%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0011.0%
Movie $9.95$10.283.2%
Bowling $4.40$4.9310.9%


ItemShelleyNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.69$3.803.1%
Fried Chicken $1.09$1.4022.3%
Milk $1.25$2.0137.6%
Potatoes $1.51$3.0149.8%
Pizza $9.64$9.892.4%
Beer $8.20$8.907.9%

Health Care

ItemShelleyNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $116.41$102.1614.0%
Doctor $97.93$108.369.6%
Dentist $89.32$92.533.5%
Ibuprofen $9.17$9.281.2%
Lipitor $368.74$425.8213.4%


ItemShelleyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $132,500.00$184,700.0028.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $961.20$1,202.4420.1%
Apartment Rent $620.00$949.0034.7%


ItemShelleyNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.38$2.246.1%
Tire Balancing $54.11$46.2916.9%


ItemShelleyNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$140.78$165.9615.2%
Phone $35.19$28.6822.7%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Firth, ID43785-15%
Blackfoot, ID11,87889-11%
Basalt, ID39190-10%
Ucon, ID1,25192-8%
Idaho Falls, ID58,93392-8%
Shelley, ID4,37290-10%

Cities with similar population

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South Haven, MI4,37291-9%
Kenmar, PA4,37394-6%
Oasis, CA4,37485-15%
Waverly, OH4,37484-16%
Lebanon, IL4,36989-11%
Shelley, ID4,37290-10%
Source: The Shelley, ID cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.