Lehigh Acres 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.
IndexLehigh AcresFloridaNational
Cost of living index8999100
IndexLehigh AcresFloridaNational
Goods & Services index10299100
Groceries index104102100
Health care index9497100
Housing index6195100
Transportation index110100100
Utilities index90103100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Lehigh Acres, FL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Lehigh Acres, FL enjoy a cost of living index of 89. This index is 10% lower than the Florida 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 Lehigh Acres, FL, the average cost of goods and services is 3% higher than it is in Florida, and it is 2% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Lehigh Acres is 10% lower than the Florida average.
  • The cost of living in Lehigh Acres is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lehigh Acres is 39% lower than the national average.
  • Florida general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Florida state income tax is 100% 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$49,754$4,146$1,161$1,493
Renters$31,303$2,609$730$939
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Lehigh Acres, FL, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Lehigh Acres, FL, the median monthly income is $49,754 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,161 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $31,303, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $730 on monthly rental expenses.

Florida Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Florida6%7.5%

Florida Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Florida0%0%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Lehigh Acres, FL is the Florida sales tax and Florida income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Florida sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7.5%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Florida income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemLehigh AcresNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.66$15.5612.2%
Beauty Salon $34.83$36.113.5%
Toothpaste $3.29$2.4733.1%
Shampoo $1.05$0.968.5%
Movie $9.99$10.131.4%
Bowling $7.25$4.7453.1%

Groceries

ItemLehigh AcresNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.32$3.988.5%
Fried Chicken $1.34$1.414.8%
Milk $2.60$2.0626.0%
Potatoes $3.59$2.9820.5%
Pizza $8.49$9.4710.4%
Beer $9.03$8.792.6%

Health Care

ItemLehigh AcresNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $83.00$101.0417.9%
Doctor $98.59$107.448.2%
Dentist $79.17$90.4212.4%
Ibuprofen $9.60$9.283.5%
Lipitor $452.76$426.506.2%

Housing

ItemLehigh AcresNational avg.Difference
Home Price $82,200.00$175,700.0053.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,029.00$1,133.239.2%
Apartment Rent $877.00$920.004.7%

Transportation

ItemLehigh AcresNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.96$1.991.5%
Tire Balancing $61.93$45.7635.3%

Utilities

ItemLehigh AcresNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$157.45$163.813.9%
Phone $23.33$28.3917.8%
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.
Charleston Park, FL2741011%
Suncoast Estates, FL4,62983-17%
Pine Manor, FL4,36384-16%
Tice, FL4,24584-16%
North Fort Myers, FL39,14386-14%
Lehigh Acres, FL106,74789-11%

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Billings, MT106,97998-2%
Lehigh Acres, FL106,74789-11%
Source: The Lehigh Acres, FL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.