Augusta 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.
IndexAugustaGeorgiaNational
Cost of living index8595100
IndexAugustaGeorgiaNational
Goods & Services index9896100
Groceries index91100100
Health care index9394100
Housing index6589100
Transportation index8996100
Utilities index9097100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Augusta, GA is displayed above. In Augusta, GA, the overall cost of living index is 85, which is 10% lower than the Georgia average and 15% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Augusta, GA, the city's goods and services are 2% higher than the Georgia average and 2% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Augusta is 10% lower than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Augusta is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Augusta is 35% 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$52,580$4,382$1,227$1,578
Renters$25,023$2,085$584$751
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Augusta, GA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Augusta, GA homeowners, is $52,580. This would allow for a maximum of $1,227 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $25,023 which would result in a maximum of $584 to be spent on rental costs.

Georgia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Georgia4%8%

Georgia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Georgia1%6%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Augusta, GA you will want to make sure you consider both the Georgia sales tax and the Georgia income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Georgia is 4%, with the highest surtax being 8%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Georgia have a range from 1% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemAugustaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.00$14.5917.8%
Beauty Salon $30.00$34.6813.5%
Toothpaste $2.69$2.478.8%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $13.50$9.8736.8%
Bowling $4.99$4.3913.6%

Groceries

ItemAugustaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.07$4.489.1%
Fried Chicken $1.04$1.4629.0%
Milk $2.51$2.366.5%
Potatoes $3.08$3.060.6%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $7.64$8.6311.5%

Health Care

ItemAugustaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $99.00$99.780.8%
Doctor $94.00$105.0310.5%
Dentist $85.00$88.704.2%
Ibuprofen $9.99$9.416.1%
Lipitor $262.00$298.5012.2%

Housing

ItemAugustaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $102,800.00$181,400.0043.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $735.60$1,081.0332.0%
Apartment Rent $741.00$889.0016.6%

Transportation

ItemAugustaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.79$2.0914.6%
Tire Balancing $44.12$45.292.6%

Utilities

ItemAugustaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$141.37$170.8017.2%
Phone $28.39$28.260.5%
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.
Clarks Hill, SC21278-22%
Murphys Estates, SC1,60379-21%
Gloverville, SC3,26579-21%
Langley, SC1,33080-20%
Warrenville, SC98480-20%
Augusta, GA195,64685-15%

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Mobile, AL195,23991-9%
Fontana, CA196,12911818%
Yonkers, NY196,45915757%
Aurora, IL196,5691033%
Oxnard, CA197,45612929%
Augusta, GA195,64685-15%
Source: The Augusta, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.