South Miami Heights 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.
IndexSouth Miami HeightsFloridaNational
Cost of living index9999100
IndexSouth Miami HeightsFloridaNational
Goods & Services index10599100
Groceries index103102100
Health care index10197100
Housing index8795100
Transportation index108100100
Utilities index99103100
An overview of the general cost of living index for South Miami Heights, FL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in South Miami Heights, FL enjoy a cost of living index of 99. This index is equal to the Florida average, and 1% 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 South Miami Heights, FL, the average cost of goods and services is 5% higher than it is in Florida, and it is 5% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in South Miami Heights is equal to the Florida average.
  • The cost of living in South Miami Heights is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Miami Heights is 13% lower than the national average.
  • Florida general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Florida state income tax is 100% 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$51,890$4,324$1,211$1,557
Renters$25,253$2,104$589$758
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in South Miami Heights, FL 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 South Miami Heights, FL homeowners, is $51,890. This would allow for a maximum of $1,211 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $25,253 which would result in a maximum of $589 to be spent on rental costs.

Florida Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Florida6%7.5%

Florida Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Florida0%0%
For those who live in South Miami Heights, FL and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Florida income tax rate and the Florida sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Florida, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7.5%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Florida, the income tax rate ranges between 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemSouth Miami HeightsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.47$15.560.6%
Beauty Salon $61.93$36.1171.5%
Toothpaste $2.40$2.472.8%
Shampoo $0.98$0.961.2%
Movie $12.52$10.1323.7%
Bowling $6.65$4.7440.4%

Groceries

ItemSouth Miami HeightsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.56$3.9814.5%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.4111.1%
Milk $2.49$2.0620.7%
Potatoes $3.46$2.9816.1%
Pizza $8.99$9.475.1%
Beer $9.34$8.796.2%

Health Care

ItemSouth Miami HeightsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $96.00$101.045.0%
Doctor $95.56$107.4411.1%
Dentist $97.13$90.427.4%
Ibuprofen $11.13$9.2819.9%
Lipitor $415.12$426.502.7%

Housing

ItemSouth Miami HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $140,400.00$175,700.0020.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,272.27$1,133.2312.3%
Apartment Rent $944.00$920.002.6%

Transportation

ItemSouth Miami HeightsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.05$1.992.7%
Tire Balancing $55.40$45.7621.1%

Utilities

ItemSouth Miami HeightsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$152.73$163.816.8%
Phone $30.33$28.396.9%
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.
Islandia, FL01044%
Homestead Base, FL1,07078-22%
Leisure City, FL24,12594-6%
Florida City, FL11,85395-5%
Goulds, FL11,21096-4%
South Miami Heights, FL37,56499-1%

Cities with similar population

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East Meadow, NY37,51316161%
Florence, SC37,51298-2%
Park Ridge, IL37,51113434%
Lincoln Park, MI37,64883-17%
Roy, UT37,47294-6%
South Miami Heights, FL37,56499-1%
Source: The South Miami Heights, FL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.