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The Cost of Living in Iowa 2022 | Interactive data

The Cost of Living in Iowa highlights the gap between what many Iowa households earn and what it takes to get by. Here you can explore components of bare-bones, basic-needs budgets for ten household types — reflecting a wide range of family sizes, circumstances and ages. Each has at least one full-time worker.

You can also explore the wages required to meet a basic-needs budget for each household type and how those wages compare with Iowa’s median and minimum wages.

Please note that the budgets constructed here are very frugal, excluding many expenses middle-class families would consider “basic.” Read more about our methodology and data sources here.


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