“In spite of the cost of living, it’s still popular.”
The cost of living in Sanpete County may be on the rise, but it is still less than so many other counties across the U.S. As a real estate agent in Sanpete County, I work with families to provide them affordable housing. And there is no shortage of that here.
But the cost of a home is not the only thing you should consider when planning to move to a new city or state. So how much does it cost to live in Sanpete County, Utah? Let’s find out!
The Cost of Living in Utah
In order to gain some insight, I dug up some living expense data for other states around the U.S. for comparison. Utah has the 37th highest cost of living out of the 50 states for living expenses in the first quarter of 2015, according to MERIC. There are only 13 other states with a lower cost of living. Not bad, if you ask me!
Here is some perspective for you:
- Utah has a cost of living about 45% less than California.
- Hawaii’s cost of living is about 77% more than Utah.
- Mississippi’s cost of living is about 9% lower than Utah.
As you can see, it is fairly affordable to live in Utah. But what about the actual costs and some comparisons we all can relate to?
Comparing Sanpete County Costs of Living
For ease and to avoid boredom, I decided to compare the costs of just a few typical living expenses. We will compare the price of gas, electricity, sales tax, income tax, housing, a gallon of milk, and property taxes.
*Sanpete County rates were taken from information about the city of Manti, located in Sanpete County.
Price of Regular Gasoline
(Based on average prices 8/23/2015)
- Ephraim, UT $2.78/gallon
- Boise, ID $2.92/gallon
- Honolulu, HI $3.01/gallon
- San Diego, CA $3.62/gallon
Residential Electricity Rates Per kWh
- Boise 8.55¢/kWh
- Ephraim 9.31¢/kWh
- San Diego 16.35¢/kWh
- Honolulu 35.1¢/kWh
Sales Tax Rates
- Honolulu 4.50%
- Ephraim 5.95%
- Boise 6%
- San Diego 8%
State Income Tax
- Ephraim 5% Flat
- Boise 1.6% to 7.4%
- Honolulu 1.4% to 11%
- San Diego 1% to 12.5%
Median Home Price
- Ephraim $156,800
- Boise $180,000
- San Diego $520,000
- Honolulu $617,000
One Gallon of Milk from Walmart
- Boise $2.37
- Ephraim $2.72
- San Diego $2.90
- Honolulu $5.45
As far as property taxes are concerned, Utah has the 11th lowest average property taxes out of the 50 states. The majority of the states with lower property taxes than Utah have a higher overall cost of living.
Property Taxes Low To High
Darker blue is lower property tax rates!
Hopefully this article has given you some peace of mind if you are considering moving to Sanpete County or other parts of Utah. Not only is it beautiful here, but it is also quite affordable.
Do you have any questions or comments? I would love to hear from you below!