BOISE COST OF LIVING

 

Compare Cost of Living in Boise to nearby places

 

Here is a quick analyis. In fact, based on averages for housing, utilities, health care, transportation, groceries, and other services, Idaho’s cost of living is one of the lowest in the western states, according to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index

  • Cost of living is 94.7 percent of the national average
  • Average cost of a home in 2014 was 86.5 percent of the national average
  • Consistently ranked by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Inc. Magazine as one of the best places in the U.S. to live and work

Residential Water Comparison

Avg Consumptiom
(gallons/ person)
Avg Electric Prices
(cents/kWh
Avg Monthly Electric Bill
Idaho 957 $9.93 $95.01
California 557 $16.99 $94.59
Oregon 902 $10.66 $96.24
Utah 744 $10.88 $80.92
Washington 964 $9.09 $87.64
US  Avg 901 12.62 $114.03
Source: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/sales_revenue_price/xls/table5_a.xlsx Compare Electric Rates

Property Taxes

  Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate Annual Taxes on $176K Home* State Median Home Value Annual Taxes on Home Priced at State Median Value
California 0.81% $1,429 $371,400 $3,021
Idaho 0.77% $1,354 $160,500 $1,237
Oregon 1.08% $1,890 $234,100 $2,518
Utah 0.69% $1,210 $212,500 $1,463
Washington 1.08% $1,903 $257,200 $2,785

*$175,700 is the median home value in the U.S.

Cost of Uilities Comparison by State

Factors  considered

  • Electricity
  • Natural gas
  • Internet
  • Cable
  • Water

No matter what you’re saving for, utility bills are a burden we all have to bear. But which states’ residents bear the largest burden?

To calculate electricity and natural gas costs, we multiplied average national consumption rates by the average cost for these services in each state—individual bills may vary depending on actual usage.

When determining internet costs, we look at a service level that included speeds of 60 Mbps, unlimited data, and Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL).

State-by-state information was unavailable for cable and water, so we used the national averages to supply those figures for each state.

National average utility cost

Utility Elecectricity Natural Gas Internet
(60Mbps)
Cable Water Total Costs National Ranking
National Average Cost/ Month $98.32 $100.33 $62.33 $100.00 $40.00 $422.08  
Idaho $98.32 $52.89 $57.00 $100.00 $40.00 $343.71 #50
California $176.26 $63.16 $58.43 $100.00 $40.00 $437.85 #15
Hawaii $300.04 $232.40 $58.62 $100.00 $40.00 $730.86 #1
New York $173.84 $102.76 $60.71 $100.00 $40.00 $477.31 #5
Florida $101.27 $135.72 $72.00 $100.00 $40.00 $448.99 #12
Michigan $143.34 $68.93 $58.45 $100.00 $40.00 $41.72 #30
Mississippi $98.31 $89.58 $63.57 $100.00 $40.00 $391.46 #40

 

*According to the US Department of Energy, the typical US family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills—with nearly half of that paying for heating and cooling.4 This might seem like a large chunk of change, but these costs all depend on where you live, the size of your house or apartment, and (most importantly) whether you make smart decisions about conserving energy.

 

The top 10 least expensive states for utilities

  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • Montana
  • Washington
  • Nevada
  • Louisiana
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Arkansas
  • Wisconsin

If you’re hoping to save money on utilities, look no further than the Gem State. At $343.71, Idaho’s total average utility bill is the lowest in the country. Natural gas is especially affordable with an average cost of $52.89 per month.

 

Utility Price Comparison

  Residential
/kWh
Avg Monthly Bill Residential
Boise 8.55¢ $107.23
San Diego 16.35¢ $314.87
San Francisco 15.34¢ $283.25
Los Angeles $13.03  
Portland $10.72 $112.73
Salt Lake $10.31 $117.83
Source Electricity Local Idaho Power

Sales Taxe Rates

  Sales Tax
California 7.50%
Idaho 6.00%
Oregon 0.00%
Utah 4.70%
Washington 6.50%

Source: Sales Tax Institute

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State & Local Tax Collections per Capita

State Collections
per Capita
Rank
U.S.
Average
$4,675  
N.D. $9,746 1
N.Y. $8,410 2
Alaska $7,555 3
Conn. $7,249 4
N.J. $6,448 5
Mass. $6,014 6
Wyo. $5,943 7
Hawaii $5,705 8
Minn. $5,640 9
Md. $5,601 10
Vt. $5,542 11
Ill. $5,498 12
Calif. $5,449 13
R.I. $5,170 14
Nebr. $4,878 15
Maine $4,807 16
Pa. $4,707 17
Wis. $4,583 18
Wash. $4,557 19
Iowa $4,424 20
Del. $4,407 21
Kans. $4,378 22
Colo. $4,365 23
N.H. $4,327 24
Ohio $4,207 25
Va. $4,204 26
Ore. $4,100 27
Tex. $4,045 28
N.M. $3,967 29
W.Va. $3,956 30
La. $3,889 31
Nev. $3,875 32
Mont. $3,840 33
Mich. $3,774 34
Ark. $3,756 35
Ind. $3,748 36
S.D. $3,684 37
N.C. $3,622 38
Ky. $3,607 39
Okla. $3,565 40
Utah $3,503 41
Miss. $3,502 42
Mo. $3,473 43
Ga. $3,377 44
Ariz. $3,346 45
Fla. $3,322 46
Idaho $3,235 47
S.C. $3,220 48
Tenn. $3,092 49
Ala. $3,002 50
D.C. $9,667 (2)

Property Taxes Paid  as a Percentage of Owner-Occupied Housing Value

State Effective Tax Rate Rank
U.S. Average 1.08%  
Ala. 0.38% 49
Alaska 0.97% 23
Ariz. 0.66% 38
Ark. 0.59% 42
Calif. 0.72% 36
Colo. 0.55% 44
Conn. 1.65% 6
Del. 0.56% 43
Fla. 0.93% 24
Ga. 0.89% 26
Hawaii 0.28% 50
Idaho 0.75% 34
Ill. 1.97% 3
Ind. 0.84% 28
Iowa 1.43% 12
Kans. 1.29% 15
Ky. 0.78% 32
La. 0.48% 48
Maine 1.24% 16
Md. 1.00% 20
Mass. 1.13% 18
Mich. 1.43% 13
Minn. 1.08% 19
Miss. 0.61% 41
Mo. 0.98% 21
Mont. 0.75% 33
Nebr. 1.59% 8
Nev. 0.68% 37
N.H. 1.99% 2
N.J. 2.13% 1
N.M. 0.66% 39
N.Y. 1.38% 14
N.C. 0.82% 31
N.D. 0.88% 27
Ohio 1.57% 9
Okla. 0.83% 30
Ore. 0.98% 22
Pa. 1.46% 11
R.I. 1.51% 10
S.C. 0.55% 45
S.D. 1.19% 17
Tenn. 0.72% 35
Tex. 1.63% 7
Utah 0.64% 40
Vt. 1.71% 5
Va. 0.83% 29
Wash. 0.93% 25
W.Va. 0.53% 47
Wis. 1.72% 4
Wyo. 0.54% 46
D.C. 0.57% (43)