Fort Rucker 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 RuckerAlabamaNational
Cost of living index10489100
IndexFort RuckerAlabamaNational
Goods & Services index8798100
Groceries index10198100
Health care index8485100
Housing index13573100
Transportation index9392100
Utilities index8799100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Fort Rucker, AL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Fort Rucker, AL enjoy a cost of living index of 104. This index is 16% higher than the Alabama average, and 4% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Fort Rucker, AL, the average cost of goods and services is 11% lower than it is in Alabama, and it is 13% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Fort Rucker is 16% higher than the Alabama average.
  • The cost of living in Fort Rucker is 4% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fort Rucker is 35% higher than the national average.
  • Alabama general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • Alabama 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$0$0$0$0
Renters$59,094$4,925$1,379$1,773
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Fort Rucker, AL, 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 Rucker, AL homeowners have a median income of $0. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $0 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $59,094, which means there is a maximum of $1,379 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Alabama Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Alabama4%10%

Alabama Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Alabama2%5%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Fort Rucker, AL you will want to make sure you consider both the Alabama sales tax and the Alabama income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Alabama is 4%, with the highest surtax being 10%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Alabama have a range from 2% to 5%.

Goods & Services

ItemFort RuckerNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.33$14.5915.5%
Beauty Salon $19.07$34.6845.0%
Toothpaste $2.32$2.476.2%
Shampoo $0.95$1.027.0%
Movie $9.88$9.870.1%
Bowling $3.00$4.3931.7%

Groceries

ItemFort RuckerNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.99$4.4811.5%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.463.0%
Milk $2.68$2.3613.7%
Potatoes $3.32$3.068.4%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $7.95$8.637.9%

Health Care

ItemFort RuckerNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $69.00$99.7830.8%
Doctor $70.00$105.0333.4%
Dentist $72.50$88.7018.3%
Ibuprofen $10.15$9.417.8%
Lipitor $308.57$298.503.4%

Housing

ItemFort RuckerNational avg.Difference
Home Price $0.00$175,700.00100.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $877.13$1,081.0318.9%
Apartment Rent $1,244.00$920.0035.2%

Transportation

ItemFort RuckerNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$2.094.7%
Tire Balancing $39.99$45.2911.7%

Utilities

ItemFort RuckerNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$145.28$170.8014.9%
Phone $25.55$28.269.6%
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.
Clayhatchee, AL53979-21%
Newton, AL1,58179-21%
Midland City, AL2,31179-21%
Malvern, AL1,77179-21%
Coffee Springs, AL20779-21%
Fort Rucker, AL4,8601044%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Loudoun Valley Estates, VA4,86015656%
Berwick, LA4,85784-16%
Hazardville, CT4,86312020%
Winnsboro, LA4,85679-21%
Manheim, PA4,86499-1%
Fort Rucker, AL4,8601044%
Source: The Fort Rucker, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.