Central 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.
IndexCentralMesaArizona
Cost of living index919497
IndexCentralMesaArizona
Goods & Services index979797
Groceries index9595100
Health care index9696100
Housing index798994
Transportation index101101102
Utilities index959598

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  • The cost of living in Central is 6% lower than the Mesa average.
  • The cost of living in Central is 9% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Central is 21% lower than the national average.
  • Arizona general sales tax is 10% higher than the national average.
  • Arizona state income tax is 16% 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)
Household$53,436$4,453$1,247$1,603

Arizona Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Arizona5.6%10.725%

Arizona Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Arizona2.59%4.54%

Goods & Services

ItemMesaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.50$15.5613.3%
Beauty Salon $29.50$36.1118.3%
Toothpaste $1.60$2.4735.4%
Shampoo $0.93$0.963.3%
Movie $9.19$10.139.2%
Bowling $8.16$4.7472.3%

Groceries

ItemMesaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.02$3.981.0%
Fried Chicken $1.57$1.4111.6%
Milk $1.60$2.0622.5%
Potatoes $2.94$2.981.5%
Pizza $8.73$9.477.8%
Beer $8.26$8.796.1%

Health Care

ItemMesaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $80.88$101.0420.0%
Doctor $99.67$107.447.2%
Dentist $91.00$90.420.6%
Ibuprofen $7.99$9.2813.9%
Lipitor $437.96$426.502.7%

Housing

ItemMesaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $150,800.00$175,700.0014.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,122.75$1,133.230.9%
Apartment Rent $875.00$920.004.9%

Transportation

ItemMesaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.17$1.999.1%
Tire Balancing $38.00$45.7617.0%

Utilities

ItemMesaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$185.91$163.8113.5%
Phone $19.99$28.3929.6%
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.
Guadalupe, AZ5,89283-17%
Apache Junction, AZ36,96586-14%
Maricopa Colony, AZ54791-9%
Tempe, AZ166,9751000%
Chandler, AZ245,2311055%
Mesa, AZ452,09194-6%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Virginia Beach, VA445,62311515%
Atlanta, GA440,6411066%
Kansas City, MO465,00592-8%
Long Beach, CA468,59413939%
Omaha, NE435,45490-10%
Mesa, AZ452,09194-6%
Source: The Central, Mesa, AZ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.