Harvest 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.
IndexHarvestAlabamaNational
Cost of living index10089100
IndexHarvestAlabamaNational
Goods & Services index10398100
Groceries index9598100
Health care index9685100
Housing index9873100
Transportation index9892100
Utilities index10699100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Harvest, AL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Harvest, AL enjoy a cost of living index of 100. This index is 12% higher than the Alabama average, and equal to 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 Harvest, AL, the average cost of goods and services is 6% higher than it is in Alabama, and it is 3% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Harvest is 12% higher than the Alabama average.
  • The cost of living in Harvest is equal to the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Harvest is 2% 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$66,917$5,576$1,561$2,008
Renters$58,586$4,882$1,367$1,758
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Harvest, AL by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Harvest, AL have a median income of $66,917. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,561 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $58,586, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,367.

Alabama Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Alabama4%10%

Alabama Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Alabama2%5%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Harvest, AL, the Alabama income tax and the Alabama sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Alabama maximum surtax is 10%, and the Alabama sales tax is 4%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 2% to 5% in Alabama.

Goods & Services

ItemHarvestNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.20$14.592.7%
Beauty Salon $30.40$34.6812.3%
Toothpaste $2.18$2.4711.9%
Shampoo $0.87$1.0214.9%
Movie $9.42$9.874.5%
Bowling $3.70$4.3915.8%

Groceries

ItemHarvestNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.86$4.4830.9%
Fried Chicken $1.11$1.4624.2%
Milk $2.23$2.365.4%
Potatoes $3.26$3.066.5%
Pizza $9.99$9.248.1%
Beer $8.15$8.635.6%

Health Care

ItemHarvestNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $109.40$99.789.6%
Doctor $82.50$105.0321.5%
Dentist $90.50$88.702.0%
Ibuprofen $8.10$9.4113.9%
Lipitor $318.55$298.506.7%

Housing

ItemHarvestNational avg.Difference
Home Price $159,600.00$175,700.009.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $781.22$1,081.0327.7%
Apartment Rent $1,067.00$920.0016.0%

Transportation

ItemHarvestNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$2.094.4%
Tire Balancing $46.99$45.293.8%

Utilities

ItemHarvestNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$156.81$170.808.2%
Phone $35.51$28.2625.7%
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.
Ardmore, TN1,18289-11%
Elkton, TN78889-11%
Elkmont, AL45987-13%
Ardmore, AL1,51191-9%
Park City, TN3,02385-15%
Harvest, AL5,2131000%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Twin Lakes, CA5,21216262%
Vinton, IA5,21185-15%
Wheatley Heights, NY5,21115353%
Shelbyville, IL5,21182-18%
South Lebanon, OH5,21595-5%
Harvest, AL5,2131000%
Source: The Harvest, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.