South Tucson 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 TucsonArizonaNational
Cost of living index8397100
IndexSouth TucsonArizonaNational
Goods & Services index9797100
Groceries index9798100
Health care index115100100
Housing index4994100
Transportation index9899100
Utilities index9499100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the South Tucson, AZ cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Arizona and cities across the country, the cost of living index in South Tucson, AZ is 83, which is 14% lower than the Arizona average and 17% lower 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 South Tucson, AZ are 1% higher than the average for Arizona and 3% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in South Tucson is 14% lower than the Arizona average.
  • The cost of living in South Tucson is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Tucson is 51% lower than the national average.
  • Arizona general sales tax is 10% higher than the national average.
  • Arizona state income tax is 16% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in South Tucson, AZ 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 South Tucson, AZ, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the South Tucson, AZ 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in South Tucson, AZ, 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 South Tucson, AZ, the median monthly income is $40,625 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $948 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $20,842, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $486 on monthly rental expenses.

Arizona Sales Tax

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Arizona Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in South Tucson, AZ you will want to make sure you consider both the Arizona sales tax and the Arizona 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 Arizona is 5.6%, with the highest surtax being 10.725%. 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 Arizona have a range from 2.59% to 4.54%.

Goods & Services

ItemSouth TucsonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.60$14.590.0%
Beauty Salon $40.80$34.6817.6%
Toothpaste $2.29$2.477.4%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $9.83$9.870.4%
Bowling $3.85$4.3912.3%


ItemSouth TucsonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.34$4.483.1%
Fried Chicken $1.51$1.463.1%
Milk $1.82$2.3622.8%
Potatoes $2.92$3.064.6%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $8.26$8.634.3%

Health Care

ItemSouth TucsonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $87.40$99.7812.4%
Doctor $162.80$105.0355.0%
Dentist $93.80$88.705.7%
Ibuprofen $9.09$9.413.4%
Lipitor $289.19$298.503.1%


ItemSouth TucsonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $75,400.00$175,700.0057.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $842.49$1,081.0322.1%
Apartment Rent $582.00$920.0036.7%


ItemSouth TucsonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$2.094.6%
Tire Balancing $47.60$45.295.1%


ItemSouth TucsonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$167.78$170.801.8%
Phone $24.58$28.2613.0%
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.
Summit, AZ4,62883-17%
Flowing Wells, AZ16,06283-17%
Littletown, AZ50387-13%
Tucson Estates, AZ12,82990-10%
Drexel Heights, AZ28,29190-10%
South Tucson, AZ5,67583-17%

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Conley, GA5,67987-13%
Chena Ridge, AK5,67114141%
South Tucson, AZ5,67583-17%
Source: The South Tucson, AZ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.