Cost of Living

While the quality of life in the Greater Madison region is outstanding, the cost of living is close to the U.S. average. You'll enjoy the amenities, recreation and culture of a big city, without the big city price tags.

Comparative cost of living

 
Greater Madison Region
United States
Overall
106
100
Food
93
100
Utilities
108
100
Misc.
96
100

Source: Sperling's Best Places, 2011. The Greater Madison region is comprised of the following Wisconsin counties: Columbia, Dane and Iowa.

Overall: The total of all cost of living categories are weighted as follows: housing (30%), food and groceries (15%), transportation (10%), utilities (6%), health care (7%) and miscellaneous expenses such as clothing, services and entertainment (32%).

Food: The average cost of food and groceries, not including restaurants.

Utilities: The average cost of heating or cooling a typical residence in the respective region, including electricity and natural gas.

Misc.: The cost index of goods and services not included in the other cost of living categories, including clothing, restaurants, repairs, entertainment and other services.