Auburn 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.
Cost of living index9394100
Goods & Services index10296100
Groceries index107100100
Health care index10394100
Housing index7187100
Transportation index10996100
Utilities index9197100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Auburn, GA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Auburn, GA enjoy a cost of living index of 93. This index is 1% lower than the Georgia average, and 7% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Auburn, GA, the average cost of goods and services is 6% higher than it is in Georgia, and it is 2% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Auburn is 1% lower than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Auburn is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Auburn is 29% lower than the national average.
  • Georgia general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • Georgia state income tax is 55% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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The affordability of the housing market in Auburn, GA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Auburn, GA homeowners, the median income is $60,762. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,418 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $30,378. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $709 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Georgia Sales Tax

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Georgia Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Auburn, GA, the Georgia income tax and the Georgia sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Georgia maximum surtax is 8%, and the Georgia sales tax is 4%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 1% to 6% in Georgia.

Goods & Services

ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.70$14.5921.3%
Beauty Salon $43.70$34.6826.0%
Toothpaste $2.57$2.473.9%
Shampoo $0.75$1.0226.6%
Movie $12.24$9.8724.0%
Bowling $5.21$4.3918.6%


ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.74$4.485.9%
Fried Chicken $1.54$1.465.2%
Milk $2.42$2.362.7%
Potatoes $3.74$3.0622.2%
Pizza $8.09$9.2412.5%
Beer $8.97$8.633.9%

Health Care

ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $88.57$99.7811.2%
Doctor $96.50$105.038.1%
Dentist $105.50$88.7018.9%
Ibuprofen $6.29$9.4133.2%
Lipitor $324.65$298.508.8%


ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Home Price $108,100.00$175,700.0038.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,027.50$1,081.035.0%
Apartment Rent $850.00$920.007.6%


ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.25$2.097.8%
Tire Balancing $51.19$45.2913.0%


ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$146.37$170.8014.3%
Phone $27.94$28.261.1%
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.
Rest Haven, GA5484-16%
Russell, GA1,31887-13%
Statham, GA2,54491-9%
Oakwood, GA4,08992-8%
Bethlehem, GA74793-7%
Auburn, GA7,38893-7%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Long Branch, VA7,38814646%
Forest City, NC7,38788-12%
Waite Park, MN7,39195-5%
Forest Glen, MD7,39313131%
Venice Gardens, FL7,381100-0%
Auburn, GA7,38893-7%
Source: The Auburn, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.