Sandy Springs 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.
IndexSandy SpringsGeorgiaNational
Cost of living index13094100
IndexSandy SpringsGeorgiaNational
Goods & Services index10099100
Groceries index10199100
Health care index10099100
Housing index20087100
Transportation index9493100
Utilities index10195100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Sandy Springs, GA is displayed above. In Sandy Springs, GA, the overall cost of living index is 130, which is 37% higher than the Georgia average and 30% higher 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 Sandy Springs, GA, the city's goods and services are 1% higher than the Georgia average and equal to the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sandy Springs is 37% higher than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Sandy Springs is 30% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sandy Springs is 100% 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$124,304$10,359$2,900$3,729
Renters$41,704$3,475$973$1,251
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Sandy Springs, GA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Sandy Springs, GA, the median monthly income is $124,304 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,900 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $41,704, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $973 on monthly rental expenses.

Georgia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Georgia4%8%

Georgia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Georgia1%6%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Sandy Springs, GA you will want to make sure you consider both the Georgia sales tax and the Georgia income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Georgia is 4%, with the highest surtax being 8%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Georgia have a range from 1% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemSandy SpringsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.03$15.569.4%
Beauty Salon $34.76$36.113.7%
Toothpaste $3.31$2.4734.0%
Shampoo $0.90$0.967.0%
Movie $12.05$10.1319.0%
Bowling $5.06$4.746.8%

Groceries

ItemSandy SpringsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.14$3.984.0%
Fried Chicken $1.26$1.4110.3%
Milk $1.92$2.067.0%
Potatoes $3.56$2.9819.5%
Pizza $8.23$9.4713.1%
Beer $8.75$8.790.5%

Health Care

ItemSandy SpringsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $94.47$101.046.5%
Doctor $103.88$107.443.3%
Dentist $93.17$90.423.0%
Ibuprofen $8.39$9.289.6%
Lipitor $445.53$426.504.5%

Housing

ItemSandy SpringsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $419,100.00$175,700.00138.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $971.53$1,133.2314.3%
Apartment Rent $1,010.00$920.009.8%

Transportation

ItemSandy SpringsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.93$1.993.0%
Tire Balancing $40.35$45.7611.8%

Utilities

ItemSandy SpringsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$178.28$163.818.8%
Phone $25.98$28.398.5%
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.
Stone Mountain, GA5,92490-10%
Fair Oaks, GA8,53388-12%
Candler-McAfee, GA22,34591-9%
Clarkston, GA7,71792-8%
Redan, GA33,60393-7%
Sandy Springs, GA98,48013030%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
College Station, TX98,5051000%
Albany, NY98,2871055%
Clovis, CA98,81511818%
Roanoke, VA97,94987-13%
Lewisville, TX99,03991-9%
Sandy Springs, GA98,48013030%
Source: The Sandy Springs, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.