Brownsville 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.
IndexBrownsvilleFloridaNational
Cost of living index9299100
IndexBrownsvilleFloridaNational
Goods & Services index10599100
Groceries index103102100
Health care index10197100
Housing index6395100
Transportation index108100100
Utilities index99103100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Brownsville, FL cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Brownsville, FL is 92, which is 7% lower than the Florida average and 8% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Brownsville, FL are 5% higher than the Florida average and 5% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Brownsville is 7% lower than the Florida average.
  • The cost of living in Brownsville is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Brownsville is 37% lower than the national average.
  • Florida general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Florida state income tax is 100% 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$31,792$2,649$742$954
Renters$15,739$1,312$367$472
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Brownsville, FL 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 Brownsville, FL have a median income of $31,792. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $742 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $15,739, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $367.

Florida Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Florida6%7.5%

Florida Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Florida0%0%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Brownsville, FL is the Florida sales tax and Florida income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Florida sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7.5%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Florida income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.47$15.560.6%
Beauty Salon $61.93$36.1171.5%
Toothpaste $2.40$2.472.8%
Shampoo $0.98$0.961.2%
Movie $12.52$10.1323.7%
Bowling $6.65$4.7440.4%

Groceries

ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.56$3.9814.5%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.4111.1%
Milk $2.49$2.0620.7%
Potatoes $3.46$2.9816.1%
Pizza $8.99$9.475.1%
Beer $9.34$8.796.2%

Health Care

ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $96.00$101.045.0%
Doctor $95.56$107.4411.1%
Dentist $97.13$90.427.4%
Ibuprofen $11.13$9.2819.9%
Lipitor $415.12$426.502.7%

Housing

ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $99,900.00$175,700.0043.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,272.27$1,133.2312.3%
Apartment Rent $716.00$920.0022.2%

Transportation

ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.05$1.992.7%
Tire Balancing $55.40$45.7621.1%

Utilities

ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$152.73$163.816.8%
Phone $30.33$28.396.9%
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.
Fisher Island, FL2401044%
Medley, FL94088-12%
Pembroke Park, FL6,22089-11%
Opa-locka, FL15,86792-8%
West Little River, FL31,22694-6%
Brownsville, FL14,83592-8%

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Source: The Brownsville, FL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.