Cost of Living in Elk River, Idaho
Elk River is a city in Clearwater County, Idaho, with a population of 135. The total cost of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, taxes, and other necessities for a single adult in Elk River is $35,607 a year — greater than the annual cost of living for Idaho of $34,349 yet less than the national figure of $38,433.
Using cost of living data from the nonprofift think tank Economic Policy Institute, 24/7 Wall St. estimated the cost of living in Elk River and over 29,000 other cities and towns in the US.
Housing Costs in Elk River, Idaho
Housing is one of the largest components of cost of living. In Elk River, the median home value is $85,000, less than the national median home value of $204,900.
Renting is a sometimes lower cost alternative to homeownership. In Elk River, some 7.00% of occupied homes are rented, less than the 36.2% national renter rate.
In addition to home value, one of the largest determinants of housing affordability is area income. While nationwide the price of a typical U.S. home is 3.4 times the $60,293 U.S. median household income, housing affordability ratios range from approximately 1.0 in the least expensive cities to more than 10.0 in the country's most expensive markets. In Elk River, the median household income is $35,625, 2.4 times the median home value.
Transportation Costs in Elk River, Idaho
Transportation can also be a significant component of cost of living. In Elk River, 77.80% of commuters drive to work, compared to 85.5% of commuters nationwide. An estimated 63.90% of workers commute to jobs outside of Elk River, a larger share than the 43.7% share of commuters nationwide who live and work in different cities. The average commute in Elk River is 55.5 minutes long, compared to the 26.6-minute average commute nationwide. Taking into account the cost of gas, as well as public transit and car maintenance, the EPI estimates that a single person in Elk River spends $11,675 a year on transportation, more than the national average of $9,760.
Health Care Costs in Elk River, Idaho
Out-of-pocket health care costs and insurance premiums — assuming at least a basic level of health insurance coverage — are slightly lower than they are on average nationwide in Elk River but in line with what they are across Idaho as a whole.
For a single adult living in the area, average health care costs come out to $3,943 per year, compared to an average of $4,139 across Idaho and $4,266 nationwide.
Child care Costs in Elk River, Idaho
For families with children, child care adds thousands of dollars to overall annual spending. In Elk River, the average annual cost of child care for two children — one 4 year old and one 8 year old — is $11,283, about $1,800 less than the comparable average of $13,035 across all of Idaho. Meanwhile, across the U.S. as a whole, childcare expenses for two children averages $15,853 per year.
Food Costs in Elk River, Idaho
Food is another every day expense that has a significant impact on overall cost of living. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that the cost of food varies from city to city and town to town.
In Elk River, a single adult spends an average of $3,280 on food annually, and a family of four spends $9,471 on average. For context, average annual food expenditure across Idaho and the U.S., respectively, are $3,212 and $3,240 for a single adult, and $9,276 and $9,354 for a family of four. These estimates are calculated for a nutritionally adequate diet of food purchased at a grocery store for at-home preparation.
Taxes in Elk River, Idaho
Few expenses vary as much from city to city and town to town as taxes. Accounting for state and federal income taxes, as well as Social Security contributions and Medicare payroll taxes, the average adult working in Elk River, Idaho pays $6,293 annually — closely in line with the statewide average of $5,991.
It is important to note that these calculations do not include other common taxes such as property, sales, and excise taxes. Accounting for these taxes, while excluding taxes levied at the federal level, Elk River residents live in a state with a low average tax burden. Per capita state tax collections in Idaho total $2,764 per year, compared to the $3,151 average across all states.
To estimate the cost of housing, food, transportation, health care, child care, taxes, and other necessities, 24/7 Wall St. assigned county-level Economic Policy Institute data to cities, towns, villages and Census-designated places based on boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. For places that span multiple counties, data was aggregated based on the percentage of boundary overlap.
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