Albuquerque cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexAlbuquerqueNew MexicoNational
Cost of living index96n/a100
IndexAlbuquerqueNew MexicoNational
Goods & Services index93n/a100
Groceries index103n/a100
Health care index89n/a100
Housing index99n/a100
Transportation index98n/a100
Utilities index88n/a100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Albuquerque, NM is shown above. Compared to the state average of New Mexico the cost of living index in Albuquerque, NM is 96, which is equal to the average in New Mexico and compared to the national average it is 4% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Albuquerque, NM goods and services come in at equal to the average in New Mexico and are 7% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Albuquerque is equal to the New Mexico average.
  • The cost of living in Albuquerque is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Albuquerque is 1% lower than the national average.
  • New Mexico general sales tax is 1% higher than the national average.
  • New Mexico state income tax is 24% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$63,567$5,297$1,483$1,907
Renters$29,076$2,423$678$872
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Albuquerque, NM, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Albuquerque, NM has a median income of about $63,567 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,483 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $29,076. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $678 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

New Mexico Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New Mexico5.125%8.688%

New Mexico Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New Mexico1.7%4.9%
The New Mexico sales tax and New Mexico income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Albuquerque, NM. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The New Mexico sales tax is 5.125% and the maximum surtax is 8.688%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The New Mexico income tax rates range from 1.7% to 4.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemAlbuquerqueNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.10$14.5917.2%
Beauty Salon $36.00$34.683.8%
Toothpaste $2.12$2.4714.3%
Shampoo $1.21$1.0218.4%
Movie $9.56$9.873.1%
Bowling $3.53$4.3919.6%

Groceries

ItemAlbuquerqueNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.10$4.4813.9%
Fried Chicken $1.39$1.465.1%
Milk $2.58$2.369.5%
Potatoes $3.35$3.069.4%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $9.32$8.638.0%

Health Care

ItemAlbuquerqueNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $73.00$99.7826.8%
Doctor $88.33$105.0315.9%
Dentist $82.00$88.707.6%
Ibuprofen $8.50$9.419.7%
Lipitor $271.13$298.509.2%

Housing

ItemAlbuquerqueNational avg.Difference
Home Price $190,300.00$181,400.004.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $849.19$1,081.0321.4%
Apartment Rent $758.00$889.0014.7%

Transportation

ItemAlbuquerqueNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.96$2.096.1%
Tire Balancing $49.96$45.2910.3%

Utilities

ItemAlbuquerqueNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$141.86$170.8016.9%
Phone $26.95$28.264.6%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Pajarito Mesa, NM2421044%
Isleta Village Proper, NM34181-19%
Bernalillo, NM8,30292-8%
Pueblo of Sandia Village, NM39395-5%
South Valley, NM42,33089-11%
Albuquerque, NM545,08396-4%

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Albuquerque, NM545,08396-4%
Source: The Albuquerque, NM cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.