Sparta 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 index8796100
Goods & Services index9698100
Groceries index9697100
Health care index116113100
Housing index6588100
Transportation index102100100
Utilities index8597100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Sparta, WI is shown above. Compared to the state average of Wisconsin the cost of living index in Sparta, WI is 87, which is 9% lower than the average in Wisconsin and compared to the national average it is 13% 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 Sparta, WI goods and services come in at 3% lower than the average in Wisconsin and are 4% lower than compared to the nationwide average.
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  • The cost of living in Sparta is 9% lower than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in Sparta is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sparta is 35% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 80% 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)
      The affordability of the housing market in Sparta, WI 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 Sparta, WI homeowners, the median income is $60,760. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,418 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $30,076. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $702 used for their rent related monthly costs.

      Wisconsin Sales Tax

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      Wisconsin Income Tax

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      When assessing the complete cost of living in Sparta, WI, the Wisconsin income tax and the Wisconsin sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Wisconsin maximum surtax is 6.75%, and the Wisconsin sales tax is 5%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 4% to 7.65% in Wisconsin.

      Goods & Services

      ItemSpartaNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $15.33$17.4912.3%
      Beauty Salon $23.00$38.1739.7%
      Toothpaste $1.82$2.3221.6%
      Shampoo $1.02$1.010.8%
      Movie $9.00$10.7216.1%
      Bowling $12.50$13.869.8%


      ItemSpartaNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.37$3.9012.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.48$1.406.0%
      Milk $1.48$1.9624.6%
      Potatoes $2.65$3.1816.7%
      Pizza $11.49$10.3910.5%
      Beer $8.24$9.2310.7%

      Health Care

      ItemSpartaNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $130.00$106.3422.3%
      Doctor $182.90$115.2558.7%
      Dentist $97.00$98.381.4%
      Ibuprofen $9.08$9.262.0%
      Lipitor $465.08$466.470.3%


      ItemSpartaNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $110,200.00$184,700.0040.3%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,199.10$1,273.325.8%
      Apartment Rent $743.00$949.0021.7%


      ItemSpartaNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.80$2.598.0%
      Tire Balancing $46.56$48.904.8%


      ItemSpartaNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$128.01$167.6023.6%
      Phone $175.83$163.427.6%
      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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      Tunnel City, WI16281-19%
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      Wilton, WI46285-15%
      Melvina, WI5285-15%
      Sparta, WI9,65987-13%

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      Source: The Sparta, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.