Clarkston 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.
IndexClarkstonGeorgiaNational
Cost of living index9294100
IndexClarkstonGeorgiaNational
Goods & Services index10299100
Groceries index10499100
Health care index10899100
Housing index6787100
Transportation index10293100
Utilities index10495100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Clarkston, GA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Georgia and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Clarkston, GA is 92, which is 3% lower than the Georgia average and 8% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Clarkston, GA are 3% higher than the average for Georgia and 2% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Clarkston is 3% lower than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Clarkston is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Clarkston is 33% 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$48,194$4,016$1,124$1,446
Renters$31,419$2,618$733$943
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Clarkston, GA 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 Clarkston, GA have a median income of $48,194. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,124 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $31,419, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $733.

Georgia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Georgia4%8%

Georgia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Georgia1%6%
The Georgia sales tax and Georgia income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Clarkston, GA. 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 Georgia sales tax is 4% and the maximum surtax is 8%. 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 Georgia income tax rates range from 1% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemClarkstonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.87$15.5614.8%
Beauty Salon $48.13$36.1133.3%
Toothpaste $2.65$2.477.2%
Shampoo $1.07$0.9610.9%
Movie $13.23$10.1330.6%
Bowling $4.92$4.744.0%

Groceries

ItemClarkstonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.30$3.988.0%
Fried Chicken $1.35$1.414.3%
Milk $1.99$2.063.6%
Potatoes $2.86$2.984.2%
Pizza $8.66$9.478.6%
Beer $9.27$8.795.5%

Health Care

ItemClarkstonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $92.82$101.048.1%
Doctor $101.25$107.445.8%
Dentist $112.95$90.4224.9%
Ibuprofen $9.25$9.280.3%
Lipitor $433.06$426.501.5%

Housing

ItemClarkstonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $98,200.00$175,700.0044.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $928.50$1,133.2318.1%
Apartment Rent $854.00$920.007.2%

Transportation

ItemClarkstonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.08$1.994.2%
Tire Balancing $44.13$45.763.6%

Utilities

ItemClarkstonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$140.88$163.8114.0%
Phone $36.33$28.3928.0%
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.
Lakeview Estates, GA2,42782-18%
Forest Park, GA18,78387-13%
Conley, GA5,67987-13%
Lithonia, GA1,97588-12%
Panthersville, GA9,47490-10%
Clarkston, GA7,71792-8%

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Clear Lake, IA7,71888-12%
DuBois, PA7,71883-17%
Stayton, OR7,7191077%
Bermuda Dunes, CA7,71913030%
Hooper, UT7,72011111%
Clarkston, GA7,71792-8%
Source: The Clarkston, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.