Fort Lauderdale 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.
IndexFort LauderdaleFloridaNational
Cost of living index11199100
IndexFort LauderdaleFloridaNational
Goods & Services index10299100
Groceries index101102100
Health care index9697100
Housing index13295100
Transportation index107100100
Utilities index99103100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Fort Lauderdale, FL is shown above. Compared to the state average of Florida the cost of living index in Fort Lauderdale, FL is 111, which is 12% higher than the average in Florida and compared to the national average it is 11% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Fort Lauderdale, FL goods and services come in at 3% higher than the average in Florida and are 2% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Fort Lauderdale is 12% higher than the Florida average.
  • The cost of living in Fort Lauderdale is 11% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fort Lauderdale is 32% higher than the national average.
  • Florida general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Florida state income tax is 100% 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)
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Fort Lauderdale, FL, 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 Fort Lauderdale, FL homeowners have a median income of $69,462. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,621 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $34,299, which means there is a maximum of $800 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Florida Sales Tax

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Florida Income Tax

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For those who live in Fort Lauderdale, FL and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Florida income tax rate and the Florida sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Florida, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7.5%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Florida, the income tax rate ranges between 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemFort LauderdaleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.72$15.567.4%
Beauty Salon $55.45$36.1153.6%
Toothpaste $2.05$2.4717.1%
Shampoo $0.95$0.961.6%
Movie $11.23$10.1310.9%
Bowling $5.69$4.7420.2%


ItemFort LauderdaleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.89$3.9822.8%
Fried Chicken $1.23$1.4112.8%
Milk $2.48$2.0620.2%
Potatoes $3.09$2.983.5%
Pizza $8.99$9.475.1%
Beer $10.16$8.7915.5%

Health Care

ItemFort LauderdaleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $88.07$101.0412.8%
Doctor $83.34$107.4422.4%
Dentist $94.55$90.424.6%
Ibuprofen $11.13$9.2820.0%
Lipitor $408.84$426.504.1%


ItemFort LauderdaleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $243,600.00$175,700.0038.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,629.35$1,133.2343.8%
Apartment Rent $1,065.00$920.0015.8%


ItemFort LauderdaleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.04$1.992.4%
Tire Balancing $54.00$45.7618.0%


ItemFort LauderdaleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$152.73$163.816.8%
Phone $30.33$28.396.9%
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.
Pembroke Park, FL6,22089-11%
Franklin Park, FL1,00090-10%
Lauderdale Lakes, FL33,71091-9%
Lauderhill, FL69,08293-7%
Watergate, FL3,14293-7%
Fort Lauderdale, FL171,13711111%

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Oceanside, CA171,40013333%
Santa Rosa, CA170,78214242%
Chattanooga, TN171,86391-9%
Rancho Cucamonga, CA170,17013636%
Port St. Lucie, FL169,2601000%
Fort Lauderdale, FL171,13711111%
Source: The Fort Lauderdale, FL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.