Fort Valley 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 ValleyGeorgiaNational
Cost of living index8294100
IndexFort ValleyGeorgiaNational
Goods & Services index10199100
Groceries index9799100
Health care index11299100
Housing index5087100
Transportation index9393100
Utilities index6895100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Fort Valley, GA is displayed above. In Fort Valley, GA, the overall cost of living index is 82, which is 14% lower than the Georgia 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 Fort Valley, GA, the city's goods and services are 3% higher than the Georgia average and 1% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Fort Valley is 14% lower than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Fort Valley is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fort Valley 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$36,181$3,015$844$1,086
Renters$14,932$1,244$348$448
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Fort Valley, GA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Fort Valley, GA homeowners, is $36,181. This would allow for a maximum of $844 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $14,932 which would result in a maximum of $348 to be spent on rental costs.

Georgia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Georgia4%8%

Georgia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Georgia1%6%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Fort Valley, GA you will want to make sure you consider both the Georgia sales tax and the Georgia 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 Georgia is 4%, with the highest surtax being 8%. 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 Georgia have a range from 1% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemFort ValleyNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.79$15.5627.2%
Beauty Salon $36.34$36.110.7%
Toothpaste $2.65$2.477.0%
Shampoo $0.97$0.960.2%
Movie $12.42$10.1322.6%
Bowling $6.04$4.7427.6%

Groceries

ItemFort ValleyNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.41$3.9814.4%
Fried Chicken $1.30$1.417.5%
Milk $2.07$2.060.3%
Potatoes $3.11$2.984.3%
Pizza $9.05$9.474.4%
Beer $8.90$8.791.2%

Health Care

ItemFort ValleyNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $52.50$101.0448.0%
Doctor $108.28$107.440.8%
Dentist $121.99$90.4234.9%
Ibuprofen $9.66$9.284.1%
Lipitor $450.47$426.505.6%

Housing

ItemFort ValleyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $73,800.00$175,700.0058.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $802.86$1,133.2329.2%
Apartment Rent $627.00$920.0031.8%

Transportation

ItemFort ValleyNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.90$1.994.4%
Tire Balancing $40.53$45.7611.4%

Utilities

ItemFort ValleyNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$153.00$163.816.6%
Phone $10.00$28.3964.8%
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.
Knoxville, GA6899-1%
Marshallville, GA1,40081-19%
Roberta, GA86684-16%
Reynolds, GA1,12082-18%
Warner Robins, GA71,35991-9%
Fort Valley, GA9,44882-18%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Willoughby Hills, OH9,4461088%
Trophy Club, TX9,45112020%
Mission, KS9,45195-5%
Rockingham, NC9,44488-12%
Montecito, CA9,444485385%
Fort Valley, GA9,44882-18%
Source: The Fort Valley, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.