Piedmont 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 index7989100
Goods & Services index9396100
Groceries index9597100
Health care index8487100
Housing index4773100
Transportation index8892100
Utilities index102104100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Piedmont, AL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Piedmont, AL enjoy a cost of living index of 79. This index is 11% lower than the Alabama average, and 21% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Piedmont, AL, the average cost of goods and services is 4% lower than it is in Alabama, and it is 7% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Piedmont is 11% lower than the Alabama average.
  • The cost of living in Piedmont is 21% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Piedmont is 53% 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 Piedmont, 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 Piedmont, AL, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Piedmont, 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 Piedmont, 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 Piedmont, AL homeowners have a median income of $45,181. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,054 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $13,284, which means there is a maximum of $310 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 considering the overall cost of living expenses in Piedmont, 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

ItemPiedmontNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.48$15.566.9%
Beauty Salon $30.73$36.1114.9%
Toothpaste $1.80$2.4727.2%
Shampoo $0.78$0.9619.2%
Movie $9.28$10.138.3%
Bowling $4.54$4.744.1%


ItemPiedmontNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.56$3.9810.6%
Fried Chicken $1.32$1.416.1%
Milk $3.41$2.0665.2%
Potatoes $3.67$2.9823.0%
Pizza $8.61$9.479.1%
Beer $8.18$8.797.0%

Health Care

ItemPiedmontNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $86.69$101.0414.2%
Doctor $79.22$107.4426.3%
Dentist $75.17$90.4216.9%
Ibuprofen $8.86$9.284.6%
Lipitor $392.39$426.508.0%


ItemPiedmontNational avg.Difference
Home Price $78,200.00$175,700.0055.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $836.06$1,133.2326.2%
Apartment Rent $475.00$920.0048.4%


ItemPiedmontNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.78$1.9910.5%
Tire Balancing $38.64$45.7615.6%


ItemPiedmontNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.61$163.8112.1%
Phone $25.06$28.3911.7%
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.
Spring Garden, AL18393-7%
Fruithurst, AL26275-25%
Ballplay, AL1,44479-21%
Weaver, AL3,07283-17%
Saks, AL10,44583-17%
Piedmont, AL4,81179-21%

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Piedmont, AL4,81179-21%
Source: The Piedmont, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.