Wayland 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 index8689100
Goods & Services index9595100
Groceries index9188100
Health care index9694100
Housing index6274100
Transportation index106106100
Utilities index9999100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Wayland, MI cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Michigan and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Wayland, MI is 86, which is 3% lower than the Michigan average and 14% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Wayland, MI are equal to the average for Michigan and 5% lower than the rest of the country.
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  • The cost of living in Wayland is 3% lower than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Wayland is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Wayland is 38% 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

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How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Wayland, MI, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Wayland, MI homeowners have a median income of $64,788. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,512 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $26,591, which means there is a maximum of $620 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Michigan Sales Tax

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Michigan Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Wayland, MI you will want to make sure you consider both the Michigan sales tax and the Michigan income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Michigan is 6%, with the highest surtax being 6%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Michigan have a range from 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemWaylandNational 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%


ItemWaylandNational 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

ItemWaylandNational 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%


ItemWaylandNational avg.Difference
Home Price $97,900.00$184,700.0047.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,012.77$1,273.3220.5%
Apartment Rent $800.00$949.0015.7%


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


ItemWaylandNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Hopkins, MI73985-15%
Allegan, MI5,05180-20%
Otsego, MI3,97080-20%
Martin, MI41781-19%
Middleville, MI3,32489-11%
Wayland, MI4,13486-14%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Grant, MN4,13415050%
Eldorado, IL4,13481-19%
Wolfforth, TX4,13592-8%
Cortland, IL4,13593-7%
Broken Bow, OK4,13178-22%
Wayland, MI4,13486-14%
Source: The Wayland, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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