Cost of Living in Mountain Home AFB, Idaho

Cost of Living in Mountain Home AFB, Idaho

Mountain Home AFB is a Census-designated place in Elmore County, Idaho, with a population of 3,150. The total cost of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, taxes, and other necessities for a single adult in Mountain Home AFB is $34,425 a year — about the same as 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 Mountain Home AFB and over 29,000 other cities and towns in the US.

Transportation Costs in Mountain Home AFB, Idaho

Transportation can also be a significant component of cost of living. In Mountain Home AFB, 87.70% of commuters drive to work, compared to 85.5% of commuters nationwide. An estimated 30.00% of workers commute to jobs outside of Mountain Home AFB, a smaller share than the 43.7% share of commuters nationwide who live and work in different cities. The average commute in Mountain Home AFB is 8.2 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 Mountain Home AFB spends $10,772 a year on transportation, more than the national average of $9,760.

Health Care Costs in Mountain Home AFB, 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 Mountain Home AFB 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 $3,981 per year, compared to an average of $4,139 across Idaho and $4,266 nationwide.

Child care Costs in Mountain Home AFB, Idaho

For families with children, child care adds thousands of dollars to overall annual spending. In Mountain Home AFB, the average annual cost of child care for two children — one 4 year old and one 8 year old — is $11,833, about $1,200 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 Mountain Home AFB, 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 Mountain Home AFB, a single adult spends an average of $3,206 on food annually, and a family of four spends $9,259 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 Mountain Home AFB, 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 Mountain Home AFB, Idaho pays $6,010 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, Mountain Home AFB 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.

Methodology

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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