Milwaukee, WI Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2022-04-08
89
Milwaukee's Overall Cost Of Living
0.9x
Lower Than The National Average
26 out of 143
In Wisconsin
1,460 out of 6,412
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Milwaukee is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Milwaukee, WI?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Milwaukee has an overall cost of living index of 89 which is 0.9x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Wisconsin, Milwaukee has a cost of living index that's 0.9x lower than Wisconsin's index of 97.

The standard of living in Milwaukee ranks as #1,460 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in Wisconsin. By definition, that implies Milwaukee ranks as the #4,958 most expensive place in the Badger State.

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Milwaukee Cost Of Living Vs. Wisconsin

Living Expense Milwaukee Wisconsin National Average
Overall 89 97 100
Services 96 97 100
Groceries 95 100 100
Health 111 111 100
Housing 68 87 100
Transportation 91 95 100
Utilities 98 98 100
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Milwaukee Cost of Living Vs. WI

Milwaukee, WI Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Wisconsin, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$128,300
Median Home Value
$866
Median Rent
$43,125
Median Income
Statistic Milwaukee Wisconsin United States
Median Home Value $128,300 $189,200 $229,800
Median Rent $866 $872 $1,096
Median Income $43,125 $63,293 $64,994
Home Value To Income 3.0x 3.0x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.24x 0.17x 0.2x

Detailed Milwaukee Services Costs Vs. Wisconsin

Item Milwaukee Wisconsin
Shampoo $1.09 $1.06
Movie $11.14 $10.68
Bowling $16.27 $14.67

Detailed Milwaukee Groceries Costs Vs. Wisconsin

Item Milwaukee Wisconsin
Ground Beef $4.05 $4.22
Fried Chicken $1.22 $1.39
Milk $1.98 $2.05

Detailed Milwaukee Health Costs Vs. Wisconsin

Item Milwaukee Wisconsin
Haircut $22.22 $18.62
Beauty Salon $41.93 $39.05
Toothpaste $2.24 $2.34

Detailed Milwaukee Transportation Costs Vs. Wisconsin

Item Milwaukee Wisconsin
Potatoes $2.49 $3.29
Pizza $10.35 $10.62
Beer $7.84 $9.38
Optometrist $60.0 $108.57
Doctor $175.4 $116.17
Dentist $101.1 $99.13

Detailed Milwaukee Utilities Costs Vs. Wisconsin

Item Milwaukee Wisconsin
Gasoline $2.01 $2.22
Tire Balancing $47.04 $50.07
All Electricity $159.26 $167.67
Phone $178.69 $175.64

Milwaukee SnackAbility

4
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
5/10
Housing
6
Affordability
6
Diversity
10
Safety
3
Amenities
10
Education
6
Commute
8

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Milwaukee

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Milwaukee
West Allis, WI 59,861 92 1.0x
Wauwatosa, WI 48,143 102 1.1x
Brookfield, WI 38,626 112 1.3x
Menomonee Falls, WI 37,611 103 1.2x
Greenfield, WI 37,117 93 1.0x
Mequon, WI 24,357 119 1.3x
Whitefish Bay, WI 13,890 120 1.3x
Shorewood, WI 13,248 111 1.2x
Glendale, WI 12,890 101 1.1x
Richfield, WI 11,782 111 1.2x

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