Madison 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.
IndexMadisonGeorgiaNational
Cost of living index10494100
IndexMadisonGeorgiaNational
Goods & Services index10299100
Groceries index10499100
Health care index10899100
Housing index10787100
Transportation index10293100
Utilities index10495100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Madison, GA is displayed above. In Madison, GA, the overall cost of living index is 104, which is 10% higher than the Georgia average and 4% higher 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 Madison, GA, the city's goods and services are 3% higher than the Georgia average and 2% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Madison is 10% higher than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Madison is 4% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Madison is 7% higher 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$60,781$5,065$1,418$1,824
Renters$55,275$4,606$1,290$1,658
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Madison, 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 Madison, GA homeowners, is $60,781. This would allow for a maximum of $1,418 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $55,275 which would result in a maximum of $1,290 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 Madison, 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

ItemMadisonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.87$15.5614.8%
Beauty Salon $48.13$36.1133.3%
Toothpaste $2.65$2.477.2%
Shampoo $1.07$0.9610.9%
Movie $13.23$10.1330.6%
Bowling $4.92$4.744.0%

Groceries

ItemMadisonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.30$3.988.0%
Fried Chicken $1.35$1.414.3%
Milk $1.99$2.063.6%
Potatoes $2.86$2.984.2%
Pizza $8.66$9.478.6%
Beer $9.27$8.795.5%

Health Care

ItemMadisonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $92.82$101.048.1%
Doctor $101.25$107.445.8%
Dentist $112.95$90.4224.9%
Ibuprofen $9.25$9.280.3%
Lipitor $433.06$426.501.5%

Housing

ItemMadisonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $194,000.00$175,700.0010.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $928.50$1,133.2318.1%
Apartment Rent $913.00$920.000.8%

Transportation

ItemMadisonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.08$1.994.2%
Tire Balancing $44.13$45.763.6%

Utilities

ItemMadisonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$140.88$163.8114.0%
Phone $36.33$28.3928.0%
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.
Shady Dale, GA21787-13%
Newborn, GA73690-10%
Buckhead, GA20992-8%
Mansfield, GA36792-8%
Social Circle, GA4,27095-5%
Madison, GA3,9831044%

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Maize, KS3,98494-6%
Three Rivers, OR3,9811055%
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Indian River Shores, FL3,98018585%
Millsboro, DE3,9871022%
Madison, GA3,9831044%
Source: The Madison, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.