Destin 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.
IndexDestinFloridaNational
Cost of living index106100100
IndexDestinFloridaNational
Goods & Services index87101100
Groceries index101105100
Health care index8497100
Housing index14395100
Transportation index93105100
Utilities index87102100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Destin, FL cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Florida and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Destin, FL is 106, which is 6% higher than the Florida average and 6% higher 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 Destin, FL are 14% lower than the average for Florida and 13% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Destin is 6% higher than the Florida average.
  • The cost of living in Destin is 6% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Destin is 43% higher 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$73,456$6,121$1,714$2,204
Renters$47,359$3,947$1,105$1,421
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Destin, FL as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Destin, FL homeowners, is $73,456. This would allow for a maximum of $1,714 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $47,359 which would result in a maximum of $1,105 to be spent on rental costs.

Florida Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Florida6%7.5%

Florida Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Florida0%0%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Destin, FL, the Florida income tax and the Florida sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Florida maximum surtax is 7.5%, and the Florida sales tax is 6%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0% to 0% in Florida.

Goods & Services

ItemDestinNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.33$14.5915.5%
Beauty Salon $19.07$34.6845.0%
Toothpaste $2.32$2.476.2%
Shampoo $0.95$1.027.0%
Movie $9.88$9.870.1%
Bowling $3.00$4.3931.7%

Groceries

ItemDestinNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.99$4.4811.5%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.463.0%
Milk $2.68$2.3613.7%
Potatoes $3.32$3.068.4%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $7.95$8.637.9%

Health Care

ItemDestinNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $69.00$99.7830.8%
Doctor $70.00$105.0333.4%
Dentist $72.50$88.7018.3%
Ibuprofen $10.15$9.417.8%
Lipitor $308.57$298.503.4%

Housing

ItemDestinNational avg.Difference
Home Price $253,400.00$175,700.0044.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $877.13$1,081.0318.9%
Apartment Rent $1,286.00$920.0039.8%

Transportation

ItemDestinNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$2.094.7%
Tire Balancing $39.99$45.2911.7%

Utilities

ItemDestinNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$145.28$170.8014.9%
Phone $25.55$28.269.6%
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.
Wright, FL25,38497-3%
Fort Walton Beach, FL20,32097-3%
Ocean City, FL5,90197-3%
Mary Esther, FL4,03598-2%
Eglin AFB, FL2,41794-6%
Destin, FL12,8401066%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Atlantic Beach, FL12,84012222%
Dover, OH12,83989-11%
Derby, CT12,83712121%
Conneaut, OH12,83678-22%
Bardstown, KY12,83388-12%
Destin, FL12,8401066%
Source: The Destin, FL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.