Sioux City 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.
IndexSioux CityIowaNational
Cost of living index8490100
IndexSioux CityIowaNational
Goods & Services index9696100
Groceries index9698100
Health care index107100100
Housing index5973100
Transportation index91101100
Utilities index8598100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Sioux City, IA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Sioux City, IA being 84, that puts it 7% lower than the average of Iowa and 16% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Sioux City, IA, the price of goods and services are 1% lower than the average of Iowa as well as 4% lower than the nation's average.
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  • The cost of living in Sioux City is 7% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Sioux City is 16% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sioux City is 41% lower than the national average.
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Iowa state income tax is 84% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Sioux City, IA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Sioux City, IA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Sioux City, IA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

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 Sioux City, IA, 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. Sioux City, IA has a median income of about $58,793 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,372 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $28,505. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $665 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Iowa Sales Tax

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Iowa Income Tax

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For those who live in Sioux City, IA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Iowa income tax rate and the Iowa 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 Iowa, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7%. 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 Iowa, the income tax rate ranges between 0.36% to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemSioux CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.15$17.497.7%
Beauty Salon $30.20$38.1720.9%
Toothpaste $2.13$2.328.2%
Shampoo $1.13$1.0111.7%
Movie $9.75$10.729.1%
Bowling $15.19$13.869.6%


ItemSioux CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.19$3.9018.2%
Fried Chicken $1.91$1.4036.8%
Milk $2.13$1.968.6%
Potatoes $2.49$3.1821.8%
Pizza $10.49$10.390.9%
Beer $8.79$9.234.8%

Health Care

ItemSioux CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $124.00$106.3416.6%
Doctor $142.50$115.2523.6%
Dentist $100.00$98.381.6%
Ibuprofen $9.59$9.263.6%
Lipitor $447.40$466.474.1%


ItemSioux CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $98,700.00$184,700.0046.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,183.43$1,273.327.1%
Apartment Rent $689.00$949.0027.4%


ItemSioux CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.58$2.590.5%
Tire Balancing $38.40$48.9021.5%


ItemSioux CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$124.73$167.6025.6%
Phone $178.51$163.429.2%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Jefferson, SD58481-19%
Salix, IA40282-18%
Dakota City, NE1,87583-17%
Homer, NE54584-16%
Hubbard, NE19184-16%
Sioux City, IA82,66684-16%

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Town 'n' Country, FL82,55494-6%
Santa Fe, NM82,9271033%
Sioux City, IA82,66684-16%
Source: The Sioux City, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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