Sugar Hill 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.
IndexSugar HillGeorgiaNational
Cost of living index10294100
IndexSugar HillGeorgiaNational
Goods & Services index10296100
Groceries index107100100
Health care index10394100
Housing index10187100
Transportation index10996100
Utilities index9197100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Sugar Hill, GA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Sugar Hill, GA being 102, that puts it 8% higher than the average of Georgia and 2% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Sugar Hill, GA, the price of goods and services are 6% higher than the average of Georgia as well as 2% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sugar Hill is 8% higher than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Sugar Hill is 2% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sugar Hill is 1% 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$74,960$6,247$1,749$2,249
Renters$34,202$2,850$798$1,026
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Sugar Hill, GA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Sugar Hill, GA has a median income of about $74,960 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,749 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $34,202. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $798 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Georgia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Georgia4%8%

Georgia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Georgia1%6%
The Georgia sales tax and Georgia income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Sugar Hill, GA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Georgia sales tax is 4% and the maximum surtax is 8%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Georgia income tax rates range from 1% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemSugar HillNational 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

ItemSugar HillNational 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

ItemSugar HillNational 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

ItemSugar HillNational avg.Difference
Home Price $166,700.00$175,700.005.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,027.50$1,081.035.0%
Apartment Rent $1,046.00$920.0013.7%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemSugar HillNational 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.
Rest Haven, GA5484-16%
Oakwood, GA4,08992-8%
Auburn, GA7,38893-7%
Lawrenceville, GA29,36495-5%
Doraville, GA10,51397-3%
Sugar Hill, GA19,6881022%

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Painesville, OH19,68992-8%
West St. Paul, MN19,6901022%
Coralville, IA19,67797-3%
East Northport, NY19,70815353%
McKeesport, PA19,66383-17%
Sugar Hill, GA19,6881022%
Source: The Sugar Hill, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.