Laurel 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.
IndexLaurelMississippiNational
Cost of living index7781100
IndexLaurelMississippiNational
Goods & Services index8587100
Groceries index9893100
Health care index8992100
Housing index4863100
Transportation index8892100
Utilities index9486100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Laurel, MS. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Laurel, MS being 77, that puts it 5% lower than the average of Mississippi and 23% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Laurel, MS, the price of goods and services are 2% lower than the average of Mississippi as well as 15% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Laurel is 5% lower than the Mississippi average.
  • The cost of living in Laurel is 23% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Laurel is 52% 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$39,554$3,296$923$1,187
Renters$17,819$1,485$416$535
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Laurel, MS 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 Laurel, MS have a median income of $39,554. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $923 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $17,819, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $416.

Mississippi Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Mississippi7%7.25%

Mississippi Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Mississippi3%5%
For those who live in Laurel, MS and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Mississippi income tax rate and the Mississippi sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Mississippi, the sales tax is 7%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7.25%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Mississippi, the income tax rate ranges between 3% to 5%.

Goods & Services

ItemLaurelNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.33$14.598.7%
Beauty Salon $29.40$34.6815.2%
Toothpaste $1.92$2.4722.4%
Shampoo $0.94$1.028.0%
Movie $9.50$9.873.7%
Bowling $4.50$4.392.5%

Groceries

ItemLaurelNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.43$4.481.0%
Fried Chicken $1.27$1.4613.3%
Milk $2.69$2.3614.1%
Potatoes $3.38$3.0610.4%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $7.94$8.638.0%

Health Care

ItemLaurelNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $76.60$99.7823.2%
Doctor $87.00$105.0317.2%
Dentist $77.75$88.7012.3%
Ibuprofen $10.13$9.417.6%
Lipitor $281.13$298.505.8%

Housing

ItemLaurelNational avg.Difference
Home Price $74,500.00$175,700.0057.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $788.45$1,081.0327.1%
Apartment Rent $576.00$920.0037.4%

Transportation

ItemLaurelNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.75$2.0916.5%
Tire Balancing $45.33$45.290.1%

Utilities

ItemLaurelNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$144.91$170.8015.2%
Phone $29.99$28.266.1%
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.
Sandersville, MS79576-24%
Heidelberg, MS76979-21%
Ellisville, MS4,54079-21%
Soso, MS45982-18%
Sharon, MS1,35783-17%
Laurel, MS18,72077-23%

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Laurel, MS18,72077-23%
Source: The Laurel, MS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.