St. Louis 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.
IndexSt. LouisMichiganNational
Cost of living index8289100
IndexSt. LouisMichiganNational
Goods & Services index9595100
Groceries index9188100
Health care index9694100
Housing index4774100
Transportation index106106100
Utilities index9999100
A general overview of the cost of living index for St. Louis, MI is displayed above. In St. Louis, MI, the overall cost of living index is 82, which is 8% lower than the Michigan average and 18% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of St. Louis, MI, the city's goods and services are equal to the Michigan average and 5% lower than the U.S. average.
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  • The cost of living in St. Louis is 8% lower than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in St. Louis is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in St. Louis is 53% lower 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$53,681$4,473$1,252$1,611
      Renters$25,227$2,102$589$757
      If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in St. Louis, MI, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In St. Louis, MI, the median monthly income is $53,681 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,252 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $25,227, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $589 on monthly rental expenses.

      Michigan Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Michigan6%6%

      Michigan Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Michigan4.25%4.25%
      The Michigan sales tax and Michigan income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in St. Louis, MI. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Michigan sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Michigan income tax rates range from 4.25% to 4.25%.

      Goods & Services

      ItemSt. LouisNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $16.34$17.496.6%
      Beauty Salon $34.33$38.1710.1%
      Toothpaste $1.78$2.3223.3%
      Shampoo $0.87$1.0114.0%
      Movie $11.27$10.725.1%
      Bowling $17.00$13.8622.6%

      Groceries

      ItemSt. LouisNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.49$3.9010.5%
      Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4014.7%
      Milk $1.76$1.9610.3%
      Potatoes $2.92$3.188.3%
      Pizza $9.99$10.393.9%
      Beer $8.25$9.2310.6%

      Health Care

      ItemSt. LouisNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $102.67$106.343.4%
      Doctor $98.67$115.2514.4%
      Dentist $95.25$98.383.2%
      Ibuprofen $8.78$9.265.2%
      Lipitor $513.00$466.4710.0%

      Housing

      ItemSt. LouisNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $73,900.00$184,700.0060.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,012.77$1,273.3220.5%
      Apartment Rent $594.00$949.0037.4%

      Transportation

      ItemSt. LouisNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.79$2.597.6%
      Tire Balancing $52.00$48.906.4%

      Utilities

      ItemSt. LouisNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$167.87$167.600.2%
      Phone $178.16$163.429.0%
      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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      Source: The St. Louis, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.