Flatwoods 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.
IndexFlatwoodsKentuckyNational
Cost of living index8288100
IndexFlatwoodsKentuckyNational
Goods & Services index9695100
Groceries index9096100
Health care index9795100
Housing index5670100
Transportation index8397100
Utilities index9692100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Flatwoods, KY is displayed above. In Flatwoods, KY, the overall cost of living index is 82, which is 6% lower than the Kentucky 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 Flatwoods, KY, the city's goods and services are 1% higher than the Kentucky average and 4% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Flatwoods is 6% lower than the Kentucky average.
  • The cost of living in Flatwoods is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Flatwoods is 44% lower than the national average.
  • Kentucky general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Kentucky state income tax is 10% 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$50,365$4,197$1,175$1,511
Renters$28,883$2,407$674$867
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Flatwoods, KY 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 Flatwoods, KY have a median income of $50,365. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,175 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $28,883, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $674.

Kentucky Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Kentucky6%6%

Kentucky Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Kentucky2%6%
The Kentucky sales tax and Kentucky income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Flatwoods, KY. 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 Kentucky sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 6%. 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 Kentucky income tax rates range from 2% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemFlatwoodsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.20$14.5923.3%
Beauty Salon $33.20$34.684.3%
Toothpaste $1.78$2.4728.0%
Shampoo $0.91$1.0211.0%
Movie $9.31$9.875.7%
Bowling $4.25$4.393.2%

Groceries

ItemFlatwoodsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.73$4.485.7%
Fried Chicken $1.17$1.4620.1%
Milk $1.88$2.3620.2%
Potatoes $2.37$3.0622.6%
Pizza $9.99$9.248.1%
Beer $7.99$8.637.4%

Health Care

ItemFlatwoodsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $59.90$99.7840.0%
Doctor $111.67$105.036.3%
Dentist $94.00$88.706.0%
Ibuprofen $7.49$9.4120.4%
Lipitor $267.15$298.5010.5%

Housing

ItemFlatwoodsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $85,700.00$175,700.0051.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $836.00$1,081.0322.7%
Apartment Rent $678.00$920.0026.3%

Transportation

ItemFlatwoodsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.75$2.0916.6%
Tire Balancing $36.75$45.2918.8%

Utilities

ItemFlatwoodsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$161.00$170.805.7%
Phone $27.99$28.260.9%
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.
Catlettsburg, KY1,87579-21%
South Shore, KY1,33778-22%
Kenova, WV3,15180-20%
Wurtland, KY89479-21%
Portsmouth, OH20,32079-21%
Flatwoods, KY7,48382-18%

Cities with similar population

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Franklin, LA7,48381-19%
Willow Street, PA7,48511414%
Sound Beach, NY7,48013434%
Mantua, VA7,48716767%
North Springfield, VA7,48713434%
Flatwoods, KY7,48382-18%
Source: The Flatwoods, KY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.