Roswell 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.
IndexRoswellGeorgiaNational
Cost of living index11694100
IndexRoswellGeorgiaNational
Goods & Services index10296100
Groceries index107100100
Health care index10394100
Housing index14987100
Transportation index10996100
Utilities index9197100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Roswell, GA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Georgia and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Roswell, GA is 116, which is 24% higher than the Georgia average and 16% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Roswell, GA are 6% higher than the average for Georgia and 2% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Roswell is 24% higher than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Roswell is 16% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Roswell is 49% higher than the national average.
  • Georgia general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • Georgia state income tax is 55% 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$111,895$9,325$2,611$3,357
Renters$40,728$3,394$950$1,222
The affordability of the housing market in Roswell, GA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Roswell, GA homeowners, the median income is $111,895. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,611 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $40,728. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $950 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Georgia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Georgia4%8%

Georgia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Georgia1%6%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Roswell, GA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Georgia, as well as the rate for income tax in Georgia. 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 Georgia is 8%, and the sales tax in the state of Georgia 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 Georgia starts from 1% and goes up to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemRoswellNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.70$14.5921.3%
Beauty Salon $43.70$34.6826.0%
Toothpaste $2.57$2.473.9%
Shampoo $0.75$1.0226.6%
Movie $12.24$9.8724.0%
Bowling $5.21$4.3918.6%

Groceries

ItemRoswellNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.74$4.485.9%
Fried Chicken $1.54$1.465.2%
Milk $2.42$2.362.7%
Potatoes $3.74$3.0622.2%
Pizza $8.09$9.2412.5%
Beer $8.97$8.633.9%

Health Care

ItemRoswellNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $88.57$99.7811.2%
Doctor $96.50$105.038.1%
Dentist $105.50$88.7018.9%
Ibuprofen $6.29$9.4133.2%
Lipitor $324.65$298.508.8%

Housing

ItemRoswellNational avg.Difference
Home Price $289,700.00$175,700.0064.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,027.50$1,081.035.0%
Apartment Rent $1,021.00$920.0011.0%

Transportation

ItemRoswellNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.25$2.097.8%
Tire Balancing $51.19$45.2913.0%

Utilities

ItemRoswellNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$146.37$170.8014.3%
Phone $27.94$28.261.1%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Fair Oaks, GA8,53391-9%
Doraville, GA10,51397-3%
Canton, GA23,84199-1%
Lilburn, GA12,16299-1%
Norcross, GA15,79999-1%
Roswell, GA92,36411616%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Carson, CA92,47513030%
Sparks, NV92,2361066%
Beaverton, OR92,59312323%
Yakima, WA92,80693-7%
Lee's Summit, MO92,813100-0%
Roswell, GA92,36411616%
Source: The Roswell, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.