Hazel Green 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.
IndexHazel GreenAlabamaNational
Cost of living index9389100
IndexHazel GreenAlabamaNational
Goods & Services index10398100
Groceries index9598100
Health care index9685100
Housing index7473100
Transportation index9892100
Utilities index10699100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Hazel Green, AL is shown above. Compared to the state average of Alabama the cost of living index in Hazel Green, AL is 93, which is 4% higher than the average in Alabama and compared to the national average it is 7% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Hazel Green, AL goods and services come in at 6% higher than the average in Alabama and are 3% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Hazel Green is 4% higher than the Alabama average.
  • The cost of living in Hazel Green is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Hazel Green is 26% 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$63,833$5,319$1,489$1,915
Renters$28,643$2,387$668$859
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Hazel Green, 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 Hazel Green, AL homeowners, is $63,833. This would allow for a maximum of $1,489 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $28,643 which would result in a maximum of $668 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 Hazel Green, 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

ItemHazel GreenNational 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

ItemHazel GreenNational 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

ItemHazel GreenNational 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

ItemHazel GreenNational avg.Difference
Home Price $125,000.00$175,700.0028.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $781.22$1,081.0327.7%
Apartment Rent $745.00$920.0019.0%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemHazel GreenNational 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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Flintville, TN41184-16%
New Market, AL1,59688-12%
Ardmore, AL1,51191-9%
Park City, TN3,02385-15%
Huntsville, AL184,13297-3%
Hazel Green, AL3,27293-7%

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Source: The Hazel Green, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.