Hattiesburg 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.
IndexHattiesburgMississippiNational
Cost of living index8284100
IndexHattiesburgMississippiNational
Goods & Services index8493100
Groceries index9894100
Health care index9090100
Housing index6763100
Transportation index9193100
Utilities index9190100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Hattiesburg, MS is displayed above. In Hattiesburg, MS, the overall cost of living index is 82, which is 2% lower than the Mississippi 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 Hattiesburg, MS, the city's goods and services are 10% lower than the Mississippi average and 17% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Hattiesburg is 2% lower than the Mississippi average.
  • The cost of living in Hattiesburg is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Hattiesburg is 33% lower than the national average.
  • Mississippi general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Mississippi state income tax is 35% higher 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$48,162$4,014$1,124$1,445
Renters$20,531$1,711$479$616
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Hattiesburg, MS 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 Hattiesburg, MS homeowners, is $48,162. This would allow for a maximum of $1,124 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $20,531 which would result in a maximum of $479 to be spent on rental costs.

Mississippi Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Mississippi7%7.25%

Mississippi Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Mississippi3%5%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Hattiesburg, MS, the Mississippi income tax and the Mississippi 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 Mississippi maximum surtax is 7.25%, and the Mississippi sales tax is 7%. 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 3% to 5% in Mississippi.

Goods & Services

ItemHattiesburgNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.66$15.565.8%
Beauty Salon $31.80$36.1111.9%
Toothpaste $2.47$2.470.2%
Shampoo $0.87$0.969.8%
Movie $9.84$10.132.9%
Bowling $4.50$4.745.0%

Groceries

ItemHattiesburgNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.02$3.980.9%
Fried Chicken $1.05$1.4125.1%
Milk $2.30$2.0611.4%
Potatoes $3.25$2.989.1%
Pizza $8.40$9.4711.3%
Beer $10.09$8.7914.8%

Health Care

ItemHattiesburgNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $79.33$101.0421.5%
Doctor $85.42$107.4420.5%
Dentist $84.75$90.426.3%
Ibuprofen $9.43$9.281.6%
Lipitor $397.84$426.506.7%

Housing

ItemHattiesburgNational avg.Difference
Home Price $111,000.00$175,700.0036.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $862.28$1,133.2323.9%
Apartment Rent $709.00$920.0022.9%

Transportation

ItemHattiesburgNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.76$1.9911.4%
Tire Balancing $44.53$45.762.7%

Utilities

ItemHattiesburgNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$137.14$163.8116.3%
Phone $28.65$28.390.9%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Rawls Springs, MS1,08479-21%
Glendale, MS1,42879-21%
Purvis, MS1,99080-20%
Sumrall, MS1,58086-14%
Petal, MS10,67586-14%
Hattiesburg, MS46,62982-18%

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Source: The Hattiesburg, MS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.