Waukon 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 index8389100
Goods & Services index9995100
Groceries index9694100
Health care index9297100
Housing index5073100
Transportation index10099100
Utilities index8895100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Waukon, IA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Waukon, IA enjoy a cost of living index of 83. This index is 7% lower than the Iowa average, and 17% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Waukon, IA, the average cost of goods and services is 4% higher than it is in Iowa, and it is 1% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Waukon is 7% lower than the Iowa average.
  • The cost of living in Waukon is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Waukon is 50% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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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 Waukon, 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. Waukon, IA has a median income of about $47,703 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,113 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $23,430. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $547 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Iowa Sales Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Waukon, IA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Iowa, as well as the rate for income tax in Iowa. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Iowa is 7%, and the sales tax in the state of Iowa is 6%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Iowa starts from 0.36% and goes up to 8.98%.

Goods & Services

ItemWaukonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.62$16.099.6%
Beauty Salon $32.90$37.3311.9%
Toothpaste $2.79$2.4514.2%
Shampoo $0.87$1.0012.7%
Movie $8.62$10.2816.1%
Bowling $2.78$4.9343.6%


ItemWaukonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.09$3.807.5%
Fried Chicken $1.39$1.400.6%
Milk $1.87$2.016.6%
Potatoes $2.81$3.016.6%
Pizza $8.31$9.8915.9%
Beer $8.58$8.903.6%

Health Care

ItemWaukonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $57.31$102.1643.9%
Doctor $118.24$108.369.1%
Dentist $69.48$92.5324.9%
Ibuprofen $9.40$9.281.4%
Lipitor $450.20$425.825.7%


ItemWaukonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $89,600.00$184,700.0051.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $915.19$1,202.4423.9%
Apartment Rent $507.00$949.0046.6%


ItemWaukonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.40$2.247.1%
Tire Balancing $40.24$46.2913.1%


ItemWaukonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$171.69$165.963.5%
Phone $20.11$28.6829.9%
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.
Waterville, IA11779-21%
Castalia, IA18880-20%
Postville, IA2,28183-17%
Luana, IA33884-16%
Ossian, IA96285-15%
Waukon, IA3,78683-17%

Cities with similar population

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Owego, NY3,78786-14%
Franklinton, LA3,78586-14%
Waukon, IA3,78683-17%
Source: The Waukon, IA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.
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