Marion 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.
Cost of living index8689100
Goods & Services index9798100
Groceries index9898100
Health care index8185100
Housing index6173100
Transportation index8992100
Utilities index10699100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Marion, AL is shown above. Compared to the state average of Alabama the cost of living index in Marion, AL is 86, which is 4% lower than the average in Alabama and compared to the national average it is 14% 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 Marion, AL goods and services come in at 1% lower than the average in Alabama and are 3% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Marion is 4% lower than the Alabama average.
  • The cost of living in Marion is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Marion is 39% 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Marion, AL to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Marion, AL, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Marion, AL salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Marion, AL, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Marion, AL homeowners have a median income of $43,705. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,020 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $23,852, which means there is a maximum of $557 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Alabama Sales Tax

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Alabama Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Marion, AL, the Alabama income tax and the Alabama 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 Alabama maximum surtax is 10%, and the Alabama 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 2% to 5% in Alabama.

Goods & Services

ItemMarionNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.80$14.591.4%
Beauty Salon $31.80$34.688.3%
Toothpaste $2.27$2.478.2%
Shampoo $0.97$1.025.1%
Movie $9.84$9.870.3%
Bowling $3.87$4.3911.9%


ItemMarionNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.29$4.484.2%
Fried Chicken $1.37$1.466.4%
Milk $2.63$2.3611.6%
Potatoes $3.18$3.063.9%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $8.71$8.630.9%

Health Care

ItemMarionNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $74.00$99.7825.8%
Doctor $80.00$105.0323.8%
Dentist $69.67$88.7021.5%
Ibuprofen $9.71$9.413.2%
Lipitor $252.97$298.5015.3%


ItemMarionNational avg.Difference
Home Price $110,400.00$175,700.0037.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $950.68$1,081.0312.1%
Apartment Rent $529.00$920.0042.5%


ItemMarionNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.86$2.0911.2%
Tire Balancing $41.33$45.298.7%


ItemMarionNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$181.98$170.806.5%
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.
Uniontown, AL2,98278-22%
Newbern, AL16482-18%
Marion, AL3,58786-14%

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Thorndale, PA3,58611313%
Centerville, TN3,58688-12%
Imlay City, MI3,58885-15%
Marion, AL3,58786-14%
Source: The Marion, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.