Douglas 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.
IndexDouglasArizonaNational
Cost of living index8397100
IndexDouglasArizonaNational
Goods & Services index9297100
Groceries index9398100
Health care index95100100
Housing index5394100
Transportation index10699100
Utilities index10699100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Douglas, AZ is displayed above. In Douglas, AZ, the overall cost of living index is 83, which is 14% lower than the Arizona average and 17% 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 Douglas, AZ, the city's goods and services are 5% lower than the Arizona average and 8% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Douglas is 14% lower than the Arizona average.
  • The cost of living in Douglas is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Douglas is 47% lower 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Douglas, AZ to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Douglas, AZ, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Douglas, AZ salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$31,742$2,645$741$952
Renters$18,443$1,537$430$553
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Douglas, AZ, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Douglas, AZ has a median income of about $31,742 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $741 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $18,443. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $430 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Douglas, AZ you will want to make sure you consider both the Arizona sales tax and the Arizona income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Arizona is 5.6%, with the highest surtax being 10.725%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Arizona have a range from 2.59% to 4.54%.

Goods & Services

ItemDouglasNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.33$14.5915.5%
Beauty Salon $30.00$34.6813.5%
Toothpaste $2.41$2.472.6%
Shampoo $1.01$1.021.2%
Movie $8.00$9.8718.9%
Bowling $3.50$4.3920.3%

Groceries

ItemDouglasNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.31$4.483.7%
Fried Chicken $1.39$1.465.1%
Milk $1.75$2.3625.7%
Potatoes $3.18$3.063.9%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $8.16$8.635.5%

Health Care

ItemDouglasNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $89.50$99.7810.3%
Doctor $97.50$105.037.2%
Dentist $88.00$88.700.8%
Ibuprofen $9.00$9.414.4%
Lipitor $271.63$298.509.0%

Housing

ItemDouglasNational avg.Difference
Home Price $85,700.00$175,700.0051.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,034.40$1,081.034.3%
Apartment Rent $571.00$920.0037.9%

Transportation

ItemDouglasNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.28$2.099.1%
Tire Balancing $44.00$45.292.8%

Utilities

ItemDouglasNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$180.36$170.805.6%
Phone $29.99$28.266.1%
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.
Pirtleville, AZ1,45181-19%
Douglas, AZ17,13783-17%

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Massapequa Park, NY17,13715858%
La Vista, NE17,12592-8%
Country Walk, FL17,15611919%
Nipomo, CA17,11513131%
Seabrook, MD17,11511515%
Douglas, AZ17,13783-17%
Source: The Douglas, AZ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.