Grand Bay 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.
IndexGrand BayAlabamaNational
Cost of living index9289100
IndexGrand BayAlabamaNational
Goods & Services index9896100
Groceries index10097100
Health care index9487100
Housing index7373100
Transportation index9592100
Utilities index115104100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Grand Bay, AL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Grand Bay, AL enjoy a cost of living index of 92. This index is 3% higher than the Alabama average, and 8% lower 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 Grand Bay, AL, the average cost of goods and services is 2% higher than it is in Alabama, and it is 2% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Grand Bay is 3% higher than the Alabama average.
  • The cost of living in Grand Bay is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Grand Bay is 27% lower 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$53,482$4,457$1,248$1,605
Renters$49,209$4,101$1,148$1,476
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Grand Bay, AL 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 Grand Bay, AL homeowners, is $53,482. This would allow for a maximum of $1,248 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $49,209 which would result in a maximum of $1,148 to be spent on rental costs.

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 Grand Bay, 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

ItemGrand BayNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.32$15.568.0%
Beauty Salon $36.60$36.111.4%
Toothpaste $2.28$2.477.8%
Shampoo $0.97$0.960.4%
Movie $11.58$10.1314.3%
Bowling $4.69$4.741.0%

Groceries

ItemGrand BayNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.91$3.981.8%
Fried Chicken $1.14$1.4118.7%
Milk $2.39$2.0615.7%
Potatoes $3.47$2.9816.4%
Pizza $8.92$9.475.9%
Beer $8.99$8.792.2%

Health Care

ItemGrand BayNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $125.50$101.0424.2%
Doctor $91.29$107.4415.0%
Dentist $76.01$90.4215.9%
Ibuprofen $9.98$9.287.5%
Lipitor $452.15$426.506.0%

Housing

ItemGrand BayNational avg.Difference
Home Price $106,400.00$175,700.0039.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $810.71$1,133.2328.5%
Apartment Rent $926.00$920.000.7%

Transportation

ItemGrand BayNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.86$1.996.5%
Tire Balancing $45.05$45.761.6%

Utilities

ItemGrand BayNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$189.27$163.8115.5%
Phone $32.97$28.3916.1%
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.
Belle Fontaine, AL55788-12%
Escatawpa, MS3,84888-12%
Bayou La Batre, AL2,66189-11%
Moss Point, MS13,69090-10%
Pascagoula, MS22,23991-9%
Grand Bay, AL3,63292-8%

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Wheatland, WY3,63389-11%
Scott City, KS3,63183-17%
Leisuretowne, NJ3,63311010%
Moxee, WA3,6311044%
Paulding, OH3,63181-19%
Grand Bay, AL3,63292-8%
Source: The Grand Bay, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.