Duluth 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 index10394100
Goods & Services index10296100
Groceries index107100100
Health care index10394100
Housing index10287100
Transportation index10996100
Utilities index9197100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Duluth, GA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Duluth, GA being 103, that puts it 9% higher than the average of Georgia and 3% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Duluth, GA, the price of goods and services are 6% higher than the average of Georgia as well as 2% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Duluth is 9% higher than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Duluth is 3% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Duluth is 2% higher 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 used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Duluth, GA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Duluth, GA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Duluth, GA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Duluth, GA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Duluth, GA homeowners have a median income of $75,063. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,751 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $39,367, which means there is a maximum of $919 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Georgia Sales Tax

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Georgia Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Duluth, GA, the Georgia income tax and the Georgia 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 Georgia maximum surtax is 8%, and the Georgia sales tax is 4%. 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 1% to 6% in Georgia.

Goods & Services

ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.70$14.5921.3%
Beauty Salon $43.70$34.6826.0%
Toothpaste $2.57$2.473.9%
Shampoo $0.75$1.0226.6%
Movie $12.24$9.8724.0%
Bowling $5.21$4.3918.6%


ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.74$4.485.9%
Fried Chicken $1.54$1.465.2%
Milk $2.42$2.362.7%
Potatoes $3.74$3.0622.2%
Pizza $8.09$9.2412.5%
Beer $8.97$8.633.9%

Health Care

ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $88.57$99.7811.2%
Doctor $96.50$105.038.1%
Dentist $105.50$88.7018.9%
Ibuprofen $6.29$9.4133.2%
Lipitor $324.65$298.508.8%


ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
Home Price $174,200.00$175,700.000.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,027.50$1,081.035.0%
Apartment Rent $1,013.00$920.0010.1%


ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.25$2.097.8%
Tire Balancing $51.19$45.2913.0%


ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$146.37$170.8014.3%
Phone $27.94$28.261.1%
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.
Rest Haven, GA5484-16%
Stone Mountain, GA5,92490-10%
Clarkston, GA7,71792-8%
Lawrenceville, GA29,36495-5%
Doraville, GA10,51397-3%
Duluth, GA27,8211033%

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Harrison, NY27,82219898%
Maryville, TN27,82493-7%
Lebanon, TN27,84797-3%
Mason City, IA27,77583-17%
Allen Park, MI27,86988-12%
Duluth, GA27,8211033%
Source: The Duluth, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.