Robertsdale 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.
IndexRobertsdaleAlabamaNational
Cost of living index9289100
IndexRobertsdaleAlabamaNational
Goods & Services index9698100
Groceries index10398100
Health care index8885100
Housing index7873100
Transportation index9692100
Utilities index10799100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Robertsdale, AL is displayed above. In Robertsdale, AL, the overall cost of living index is 92, which is 3% higher than the Alabama average and 8% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Robertsdale, AL, the city's goods and services are 2% lower than the Alabama average and 5% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Robertsdale is 3% higher than the Alabama average.
  • The cost of living in Robertsdale is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Robertsdale is 22% 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$67,833$5,653$1,583$2,035
Renters$30,639$2,553$715$919
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Robertsdale, AL 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 Robertsdale, AL homeowners, is $67,833. This would allow for a maximum of $1,583 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $30,639 which would result in a maximum of $715 to be spent on rental costs.

Alabama Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Alabama4%10%

Alabama Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Alabama2%5%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Robertsdale, 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

ItemRobertsdaleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.38$14.598.3%
Beauty Salon $33.88$34.682.3%
Toothpaste $3.04$2.4722.9%
Shampoo $1.04$1.021.8%
Movie $9.75$9.871.2%
Bowling $4.02$4.398.5%

Groceries

ItemRobertsdaleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.83$4.4814.4%
Fried Chicken $1.47$1.460.4%
Milk $2.61$2.3610.7%
Potatoes $3.72$3.0621.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.82$8.632.2%

Health Care

ItemRobertsdaleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $94.50$99.785.3%
Doctor $78.60$105.0325.2%
Dentist $79.40$88.7010.5%
Ibuprofen $9.84$9.414.5%
Lipitor $273.56$298.508.4%

Housing

ItemRobertsdaleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $131,200.00$175,700.0025.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $832.83$1,081.0323.0%
Apartment Rent $804.00$920.0012.6%

Transportation

ItemRobertsdaleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.92$2.098.2%
Tire Balancing $47.96$45.295.9%

Utilities

ItemRobertsdaleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$188.02$170.8010.1%
Phone $29.01$28.262.7%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Elberta, AL1,47088-12%
Summerdale, AL1,07692-8%
Loxley, AL2,17092-8%
Foley, AL15,42895-5%
Perdido Beach, AL55097-3%
Robertsdale, AL5,55692-8%

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Roseland, CA5,55612828%
Sumner, IL5,55675-25%
Hightstown, NJ5,55712020%
Ashton-Sandy Spring, MD5,55516565%
Fairview, NY5,55412323%
Robertsdale, AL5,55692-8%
Source: The Robertsdale, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.