Dawson 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.
Cost of living index8294100
Goods & Services index9696100
Groceries index106100100
Health care index9894100
Housing index4887100
Transportation index9496100
Utilities index9197100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Dawson, GA is displayed above. In Dawson, GA, the overall cost of living index is 82, which is 12% lower than the Georgia average and 18% 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 Dawson, GA, the city's goods and services are equal to the Georgia average and 4% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Dawson is 12% lower than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Dawson is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Dawson is 52% 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Dawson, GA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Dawson, GA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Dawson, GA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Dawson, 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 Dawson, GA have a median income of $39,917. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $931 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $15,434, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $360.

Georgia Sales Tax

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Georgia Income Tax

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For those who live in Dawson, GA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Georgia income tax rate and the Georgia sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Georgia, the sales tax is 4%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Georgia, the income tax rate ranges between 1% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemDawsonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.00$14.592.8%
Beauty Salon $32.00$34.687.7%
Toothpaste $2.38$2.473.8%
Shampoo $0.94$1.028.0%
Movie $9.75$9.871.2%
Bowling $4.00$4.398.9%


ItemDawsonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.08$4.4813.5%
Fried Chicken $1.46$1.460.3%
Milk $2.58$2.369.5%
Potatoes $3.48$3.0613.7%
Pizza $11.25$9.2421.7%
Beer $8.45$8.632.1%

Health Care

ItemDawsonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $82.50$99.7817.3%
Doctor $85.00$105.0319.1%
Dentist $91.50$88.703.2%
Ibuprofen $10.15$9.417.8%
Lipitor $330.57$298.5010.7%


ItemDawsonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $75,400.00$175,700.0057.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $817.03$1,081.0324.4%
Apartment Rent $548.00$920.0040.4%


ItemDawsonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.88$2.0910.1%
Tire Balancing $46.99$45.293.8%


ItemDawsonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$160.14$170.806.2%
Phone $24.78$28.2612.3%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Parrott, GA18680-20%
Bronwood, GA30280-20%
Smithville, GA60381-19%
Shellman, GA1,07783-17%
Sasser, GA37383-17%
Dawson, GA4,44782-18%

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Dawson, GA4,44782-18%
Source: The Dawson, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.