Union cost of living index

Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The 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. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
Cost of living8290100
Goods & Services10196100
Health care101100100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Union is 10% lower than the Iowa average
  • The cost of living in Union is 18% lower than the national average
  • Union housing is 60% lower than the national average
  • Iowa general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average
  • Iowa state income tax is 85% lower than the national average

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      Goods & Services

      ItemUnionNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $21.60$17.4923.5%
      Beauty Salon $30.25$38.1720.8%
      Toothpaste $2.52$2.328.6%
      Shampoo $1.19$1.0117.6%
      Movie $8.63$10.7219.5%
      Bowling $17.50$13.8626.3%


      ItemUnionNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.78$3.903.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.62$1.4016.1%
      Milk $2.04$1.964.0%
      Potatoes $2.70$3.1815.2%
      Pizza $9.76$10.396.1%
      Beer $8.56$9.237.3%

      Health Care

      ItemUnionNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $109.50$106.343.0%
      Doctor $122.00$115.255.9%
      Dentist $92.75$98.385.7%
      Ibuprofen $9.41$9.261.6%
      Lipitor $517.06$466.4710.8%


      ItemUnionNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $59,300.00$184,700.0067.9%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,350.51$1,273.326.1%
      Apartment Rent $568.00$949.0040.1%


      ItemUnionNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.59$2.590.1%
      Tire Balancing $53.96$48.9010.4%


      ItemUnionNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$139.59$167.6016.7%
      Phone $177.99$163.428.9%
      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.
      Owasa, IA5499-1%
      Whitten, IA17369-31%
      Green Mountain, IA12075-25%
      Liscomb, IA29181-19%
      New Providence, IA27382-18%
      Union, IA48782-18%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Baneberry, TN4871000%
      Fredonia, KY48784-16%
      Badger, IA48785-15%
      Hometown, WV48782-18%
      Leicester, NY48692-8%
      Union, IA48782-18%
      Source: The Union, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.