Cape Coral 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.
IndexCape CoralFloridaNational
Cost of living index101100100
IndexCape CoralFloridaNational
Goods & Services index104101100
Groceries index103105100
Health care index10897100
Housing index9395100
Transportation index103105100
Utilities index103102100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Cape Coral, FL is shown above. Compared to the state average of Florida the cost of living index in Cape Coral, FL is 101, which is 1% higher than the average in Florida and compared to the national average it is 1% higher 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 Cape Coral, FL goods and services come in at 4% higher than the average in Florida and are 4% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Cape Coral is 1% higher than the Florida average.
  • The cost of living in Cape Coral is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Cape Coral is 7% 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$54,892$4,574$1,281$1,647
Renters$40,465$3,372$944$1,214
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Cape Coral, 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 Cape Coral, FL have a median income of $54,892. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,281 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $40,465, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $944.

Florida Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Florida6%7.5%

Florida Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Florida0%0%
The Florida sales tax and Florida income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Cape Coral, FL. 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 Florida sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 7.5%. 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 Florida income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemCape CoralNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.00$14.594.1%
Beauty Salon $38.25$34.6810.3%
Toothpaste $2.94$2.4718.9%
Shampoo $1.11$1.028.6%
Movie $9.54$9.873.3%
Bowling $4.50$4.392.5%

Groceries

ItemCape CoralNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.89$4.489.2%
Fried Chicken $1.63$1.4611.3%
Milk $2.73$2.3615.8%
Potatoes $3.18$3.063.9%
Pizza $8.37$9.249.4%
Beer $9.75$8.6312.9%

Health Care

ItemCape CoralNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $119.33$99.7819.6%
Doctor $137.25$105.0330.7%
Dentist $79.20$88.7010.7%
Ibuprofen $10.09$9.417.2%
Lipitor $328.16$298.509.9%

Housing

ItemCape CoralNational avg.Difference
Home Price $146,300.00$175,700.0016.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,157.56$1,081.037.1%
Apartment Rent $1,061.00$920.0015.3%

Transportation

ItemCape CoralNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.19$2.094.6%
Tire Balancing $44.50$45.291.7%

Utilities

ItemCape CoralNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$158.97$170.806.9%
Phone $32.85$28.2616.3%
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.
Palmona Park, FL1,26783-17%
Suncoast Estates, FL4,62985-15%
Pine Manor, FL4,36386-14%
Tice, FL4,24586-14%
North Fort Myers, FL39,14388-12%
Cape Coral, FL161,8041011%

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Springfield, MO162,33387-13%
Sioux Falls, SD160,96495-5%
Peoria, AZ160,23198-2%
Pembroke Pines, FL159,9201099%
Lancaster, CA159,0921066%
Cape Coral, FL161,8041011%
Source: The Cape Coral, FL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.