Jackson 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.
IndexJacksonGeorgiaNational
Cost of living index8994100
IndexJacksonGeorgiaNational
Goods & Services index10499100
Groceries index10299100
Health care index10599100
Housing index6687100
Transportation index9193100
Utilities index8395100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Jackson, GA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Jackson, GA enjoy a cost of living index of 89. This index is 6% lower than the Georgia average, and 11% 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 Jackson, GA, the average cost of goods and services is 5% higher than it is in Georgia, and it is 4% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Jackson is 6% lower than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Jackson is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Jackson is 34% 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$53,090$4,424$1,239$1,593
Renters$24,107$2,009$562$723
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Jackson, 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 Jackson, GA homeowners, is $53,090. This would allow for a maximum of $1,239 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $24,107 which would result in a maximum of $562 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 assessing the complete cost of living in Jackson, GA, the Georgia income tax and the Georgia 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 Georgia maximum surtax is 8%, and the Georgia 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 1% to 6% in Georgia.

Goods & Services

ItemJacksonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.96$15.5610.3%
Beauty Salon $39.94$36.1110.6%
Toothpaste $1.52$2.4738.5%
Shampoo $0.94$0.962.1%
Movie $13.47$10.1333.0%
Bowling $4.54$4.744.1%

Groceries

ItemJacksonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.94$3.981.0%
Fried Chicken $1.23$1.4112.5%
Milk $1.95$2.065.3%
Potatoes $4.02$2.9834.6%
Pizza $8.01$9.4715.5%
Beer $9.13$8.793.8%

Health Care

ItemJacksonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $94.87$101.046.1%
Doctor $136.66$107.4427.2%
Dentist $88.32$90.422.3%
Ibuprofen $7.61$9.2818.0%
Lipitor $442.94$426.503.9%

Housing

ItemJacksonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $110,400.00$175,700.0037.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $775.01$1,133.2331.6%
Apartment Rent $687.00$920.0025.3%

Transportation

ItemJacksonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$1.990.4%
Tire Balancing $32.62$45.7628.7%

Utilities

ItemJacksonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$129.08$163.8121.2%
Phone $25.46$28.3910.3%
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.
Orchard Hill, GA19379-21%
Flovilla, GA64790-10%
Locust Grove, GA5,57390-10%
Milner, GA1,14492-8%
McDonough, GA22,56094-6%
Jackson, GA4,95989-11%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Stone Park, IL4,9591033%
Pass Christian, MS4,9571011%
Toronto, OH4,96181-19%
Firthcliffe, NY4,95712121%
Tillamook, OR4,9571055%
Jackson, GA4,95989-11%
Source: The Jackson, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.