Central 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.
IndexCentralArizonaNational
Cost of living index11097100
IndexCentralArizonaNational
Goods & Services index10097100
Groceries index99100100
Health care index100100100
Housing index13894100
Transportation index99102100
Utilities index9398100

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  • The cost of living in Central is 13% higher than the Arizona average.
  • The cost of living in Central is 10% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Central is 38% higher than the national average.
  • Arizona general sales tax is 10% higher than the national average.
  • Arizona state income tax is 16% higher 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$88,352$7,363$2,061$2,651
Renters$0$0$0$0

Arizona Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Arizona5.6%10.725%

Arizona Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Arizona2.59%4.54%

Goods & Services

ItemCentralNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.13$15.563.6%
Beauty Salon $44.35$36.1122.8%
Toothpaste $2.25$2.479.0%
Shampoo $0.89$0.967.4%
Movie $9.41$10.137.0%
Bowling $3.94$4.7416.7%

Groceries

ItemCentralNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.77$3.985.3%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.4110.6%
Milk $1.57$2.0623.8%
Potatoes $2.80$2.986.2%
Pizza $10.66$9.4712.5%
Beer $8.66$8.791.5%

Health Care

ItemCentralNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $94.76$101.046.2%
Doctor $109.81$107.442.2%
Dentist $87.77$90.422.9%
Ibuprofen $9.51$9.282.5%
Lipitor $431.23$426.501.1%

Housing

ItemCentralNational avg.Difference
Home Price $242,000.00$175,700.0037.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $863.78$1,133.2323.8%
Apartment Rent $0.00$920.00100.0%

Transportation

ItemCentralNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.85$1.997.4%
Tire Balancing $51.53$45.7612.6%

Utilities

ItemCentralNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$166.58$163.811.7%
Phone $23.00$28.3919.0%
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.
Fort Thomas, AZ51779-21%
Cactus Flats, AZ1,39386-14%
Swift Trail Junction, AZ2,91389-11%
Solomon, AZ44589-11%
San Jose, AZ56990-10%
Central, AZ42211010%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Pittman Center, TN4221011%
Matheny, WV42280-20%
Narrowsburg, NY4221011%
Damascus, OH42287-13%
Woodland, MN42217979%
Central, AZ42211010%
Source: The Central, AZ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.