Alexander City 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.
IndexAlexander CityAlabamaNational
Cost of living index9189100
IndexAlexander CityAlabamaNational
Goods & Services index11296100
Groceries index10197100
Health care index8287100
Housing index6173100
Transportation index9092100
Utilities index104104100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Alexander City, AL is shown above. Compared to the state average of Alabama the cost of living index in Alexander City, AL is 91, which is 2% higher than the average in Alabama and compared to the national average it is 9% 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 Alexander City, AL goods and services come in at 16% higher than the average in Alabama and are 12% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Alexander City is 2% higher than the Alabama average.
  • The cost of living in Alexander City is 9% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Alexander City is 39% lower than the national average.
  • Alabama general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • Alabama state income tax is 10% 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$42,602$3,550$994$1,278
Renters$21,368$1,781$499$641
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Alexander City, AL by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Alexander City, AL have a median income of $42,602. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $994 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $21,368, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $499.

Alabama Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Alabama4%10%

Alabama Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Alabama2%5%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Alexander City, AL, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Alabama, as well as the rate for income tax in Alabama. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Alabama is 10%, and the sales tax in the state of Alabama is 4%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Alabama starts from 2% and goes up to 5%.

Goods & Services

ItemAlexander CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.44$15.5613.6%
Beauty Salon $44.39$36.1122.9%
Toothpaste $2.82$2.4714.2%
Shampoo $0.87$0.969.5%
Movie $13.36$10.1331.9%
Bowling $4.69$4.741.0%

Groceries

ItemAlexander CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.91$3.9823.1%
Fried Chicken $1.44$1.412.3%
Milk $2.76$2.0633.9%
Potatoes $4.14$2.9838.9%
Pizza $10.33$9.479.1%
Beer $8.27$8.796.0%

Health Care

ItemAlexander CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $69.67$101.0431.1%
Doctor $88.61$107.4417.5%
Dentist $65.11$90.4228.0%
Ibuprofen $8.82$9.284.9%
Lipitor $406.67$426.504.6%

Housing

ItemAlexander CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $106,500.00$175,700.0039.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $891.11$1,133.2321.4%
Apartment Rent $555.00$920.0039.7%

Transportation

ItemAlexander CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.75$1.9912.4%
Tire Balancing $43.67$45.764.6%

Utilities

ItemAlexander CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$189.27$163.8115.5%
Phone $25.34$28.3910.7%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Goodwater, AL1,67876-24%
Kellyton, AL38184-16%
Goldville, AL5484-16%
Hissop, AL85479-21%
New Site, AL80786-14%
Alexander City, AL14,81591-9%

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Alexander City, AL14,81591-9%
Source: The Alexander City, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.