Miami 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.
IndexMiamiFloridaNational
Cost of living index111101100
IndexMiamiFloridaNational
Goods & Services index106101100
Groceries index107105100
Health care index10497100
Housing index12299100
Transportation index117105100
Utilities index97102100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Miami, FL cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Miami, FL is 111, which is 10% higher than the Florida average and 11% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Miami, FL are 6% higher than the Florida average and 6% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Miami is 10% higher than the Florida average.
  • The cost of living in Miami is 11% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Miami is 22% higher 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$48,214$4,018$1,125$1,447
Renters$23,327$1,944$544$700
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Miami, FL 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 Miami, FL homeowners, is $48,214. This would allow for a maximum of $1,125 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $23,327 which would result in a maximum of $544 to be spent on rental costs.

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 Miami, 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

ItemMiamiNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.60$14.596.9%
Beauty Salon $45.00$34.6829.8%
Toothpaste $2.70$2.479.2%
Shampoo $1.07$1.024.7%
Movie $10.81$9.879.5%
Bowling $8.26$4.3988.1%

Groceries

ItemMiamiNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.13$4.4814.6%
Fried Chicken $1.57$1.467.2%
Milk $2.71$2.3615.0%
Potatoes $3.39$3.0610.7%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $8.43$8.632.3%

Health Care

ItemMiamiNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $80.50$99.7819.3%
Doctor $97.86$105.036.8%
Dentist $97.00$88.709.4%
Ibuprofen $10.49$9.4111.5%
Lipitor $332.58$298.5011.4%

Housing

ItemMiamiNational avg.Difference
Home Price $235,800.00$181,400.0030.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,310.50$1,081.0321.2%
Apartment Rent $925.00$889.004.0%

Transportation

ItemMiamiNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.32$2.0911.1%
Tire Balancing $59.59$45.2931.6%

Utilities

ItemMiamiNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$166.37$170.802.6%
Phone $27.52$28.262.6%
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.
Pembroke Park, FL6,07689-11%
Medley, FL87992-8%
Fisher Island, FL22293-7%
Brownsville, FL13,79595-5%
Opa-locka, FL15,32996-4%
Miami, FL401,92711111%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Raleigh, NC405,0071033%
Cleveland, OH397,97289-11%
Oakland, CA392,89014646%
Tulsa, OK391,48687-13%
Omaha, NE412,68990-10%
Miami, FL401,92711111%
Source: The Miami, FL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.