Monroeville 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.
IndexMonroevilleAlabamaNational
Cost of living index8789100
IndexMonroevilleAlabamaNational
Goods & Services index9896100
Groceries index10097100
Health care index9487100
Housing index5673100
Transportation index9592100
Utilities index115104100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Monroeville, AL. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Monroeville, AL being 87, that puts it 3% lower than the average of Alabama and 13% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Monroeville, AL, the price of goods and services are 2% higher than the average of Alabama as well as 2% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Monroeville is 3% lower than the Alabama average.
  • The cost of living in Monroeville is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Monroeville is 44% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$43,949$3,662$1,025$1,319
Renters$11,159$930$260$335
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Monroeville, 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 Monroeville, AL homeowners have a median income of $43,949. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,025 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $11,159, which means there is a maximum of $260 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Alabama Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Alabama4%10%

Alabama Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Alabama2%5%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Monroeville, AL, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Alabama, as well as the rate for income tax in Alabama. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Alabama is 10%, and the sales tax in the state of Alabama is 4%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Alabama starts from 2% and goes up to 5%.

Goods & Services

ItemMonroevilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.32$15.568.0%
Beauty Salon $36.60$36.111.4%
Toothpaste $2.28$2.477.8%
Shampoo $0.97$0.960.4%
Movie $11.58$10.1314.3%
Bowling $4.69$4.741.0%

Groceries

ItemMonroevilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.91$3.981.8%
Fried Chicken $1.14$1.4118.7%
Milk $2.39$2.0615.7%
Potatoes $3.47$2.9816.4%
Pizza $8.92$9.475.9%
Beer $8.99$8.792.2%

Health Care

ItemMonroevilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $125.50$101.0424.2%
Doctor $91.29$107.4415.0%
Dentist $76.01$90.4215.9%
Ibuprofen $9.98$9.287.5%
Lipitor $452.15$426.506.0%

Housing

ItemMonroevilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $94,400.00$175,700.0046.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $810.71$1,133.2328.5%
Apartment Rent $567.00$920.0038.4%

Transportation

ItemMonroevilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.86$1.996.5%
Tire Balancing $45.05$45.761.6%

Utilities

ItemMonroevilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$189.27$163.8115.5%
Phone $32.97$28.3916.1%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Megargel, AL771000%
Beatrice, AL26876-24%
Frisco City, AL1,44082-18%
Repton, AL16082-18%
Uriah, AL27884-16%
Monroeville, AL6,34387-13%

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Jackson, OH6,34385-15%
Red Lion, PA6,34393-7%
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Hampstead, MD6,34211010%
Village of Oak Creek (Big Park), AZ6,34113333%
Monroeville, AL6,34387-13%
Source: The Monroeville, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.