Escatawpa 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.
IndexEscatawpaMississippiNational
Cost of living index8681100
IndexEscatawpaMississippiNational
Goods & Services index9687100
Groceries index10393100
Health care index8892100
Housing index6063100
Transportation index9692100
Utilities index10786100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Escatawpa, MS cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Mississippi and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Escatawpa, MS is 86, which is 6% higher than the Mississippi average and 14% 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 Escatawpa, MS are 10% higher than the average for Mississippi and 5% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Escatawpa is 6% higher than the Mississippi average.
  • The cost of living in Escatawpa is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Escatawpa is 40% lower than the national average.
  • Mississippi general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Mississippi state income tax is 35% higher 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$40,728$3,394$950$1,222
Renters$14,071$1,173$328$422
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Escatawpa, MS, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Escatawpa, MS, the median monthly income is $40,728 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $950 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $14,071, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $328 on monthly rental expenses.

Mississippi Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Mississippi7%7.25%

Mississippi Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Mississippi3%5%
The Mississippi sales tax and Mississippi income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Escatawpa, MS. 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 Mississippi sales tax is 7% and the maximum surtax is 7.25%. 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 Mississippi income tax rates range from 3% to 5%.

Goods & Services

ItemEscatawpaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.38$14.598.3%
Beauty Salon $33.88$34.682.3%
Toothpaste $3.04$2.4722.9%
Shampoo $1.04$1.021.8%
Movie $9.75$9.871.2%
Bowling $4.02$4.398.5%

Groceries

ItemEscatawpaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.83$4.4814.4%
Fried Chicken $1.47$1.460.4%
Milk $2.61$2.3610.7%
Potatoes $3.72$3.0621.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.82$8.632.2%

Health Care

ItemEscatawpaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $94.50$99.785.3%
Doctor $78.60$105.0325.2%
Dentist $79.40$88.7010.5%
Ibuprofen $9.84$9.414.5%
Lipitor $273.56$298.508.4%

Housing

ItemEscatawpaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $89,200.00$175,700.0049.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $832.83$1,081.0323.0%
Apartment Rent $735.00$920.0020.1%

Transportation

ItemEscatawpaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.92$2.098.2%
Tire Balancing $47.96$45.295.9%

Utilities

ItemEscatawpaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$188.02$170.8010.1%
Phone $29.01$28.262.7%
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.
Moss Point, MS13,69087-13%
Pascagoula, MS22,23988-12%
Wade, MS82189-11%
Gautier, MS18,58190-10%
Grand Bay, AL3,63290-10%
Escatawpa, MS3,84886-14%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Chattanooga Valley, GA3,84887-13%
High Ridge, MO3,84989-11%
Waukon, IA3,84688-12%
Clifton Forge, VA3,85084-16%
Le Claire, IA3,8461022%
Escatawpa, MS3,84886-14%
Source: The Escatawpa, MS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.