Forest Park 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.
IndexForest ParkGeorgiaNational
Cost of living index8794100
IndexForest ParkGeorgiaNational
Goods & Services index10296100
Groceries index107100100
Health care index10394100
Housing index5087100
Transportation index10996100
Utilities index9197100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Forest Park, GA is displayed above. In Forest Park, GA, the overall cost of living index is 87, which is 8% lower than the Georgia average and 13% 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 Forest Park, GA, the city's goods and services are 6% higher than the Georgia average and 2% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Forest Park is 8% lower than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Forest Park is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Forest Park is 50% lower 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Forest Park, GA 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 Forest Park, GA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Forest Park, GA 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$40,543$3,379$946$1,216
Renters$23,770$1,981$555$713
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Forest Park, 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 Forest Park, GA homeowners have a median income of $40,543. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $946 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $23,770, which means there is a maximum of $555 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Georgia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Georgia4%8%

Georgia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Georgia1%6%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Forest Park, GA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Georgia, as well as the rate for income tax in Georgia. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Georgia is 8%, and the sales tax in the state of Georgia is 4%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Georgia starts from 1% and goes up to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemForest ParkNational 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%

Groceries

ItemForest ParkNational 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

ItemForest ParkNational 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%

Housing

ItemForest ParkNational avg.Difference
Home Price $59,300.00$175,700.0066.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,027.50$1,081.035.0%
Apartment Rent $804.00$920.0012.6%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemForest ParkNational 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.
Conley, GA5,67987-13%
Lithonia, GA1,97588-12%
Jonesboro, GA4,66189-11%
Panthersville, GA9,47490-10%
Stone Mountain, GA5,92490-10%
Forest Park, GA18,78387-13%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Twinsburg, OH18,7841033%
Montgomery, IL18,7801033%
Rosedale, MD18,7791044%
Sun Valley, NV18,77896-4%
Glassboro, NJ18,79811414%
Forest Park, GA18,78387-13%
Source: The Forest Park, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.