Sun City Center 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.
IndexSun City CenterFloridaNational
Cost of living index101100100
IndexSun City CenterFloridaNational
Goods & Services index96101100
Groceries index99105100
Health care index9197100
Housing index10995100
Transportation index102105100
Utilities index103102100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Sun City Center, FL is displayed above. In Sun City Center, FL, the overall cost of living index is 101, which is 1% higher than the Florida average and 1% 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 Sun City Center, FL, the city's goods and services are 5% lower than the Florida average and 4% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sun City Center is 1% higher than the Florida average.
  • The cost of living in Sun City Center is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sun City Center is 9% higher 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Sun City Center, FL to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Sun City Center, FL, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Sun City Center, FL salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$45,247$3,771$1,056$1,358
Renters$37,130$3,094$866$1,114
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 Sun City Center, FL, 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. Sun City Center, FL has a median income of about $45,247 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,056 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $37,130. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $866 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Florida Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Florida6%7.5%

Florida Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Florida0%0%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Sun City Center, FL, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Florida, as well as the rate for income tax in Florida. 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 Florida is 7.5%, and the sales tax in the state of Florida is 6%. 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 Florida starts from 0% and goes up to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemSun City CenterNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.10$14.593.4%
Beauty Salon $32.10$34.687.4%
Toothpaste $2.28$2.477.8%
Shampoo $1.00$1.022.2%
Movie $9.61$9.872.6%
Bowling $5.22$4.3918.9%

Groceries

ItemSun City CenterNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.61$4.483.0%
Fried Chicken $1.51$1.463.1%
Milk $2.70$2.3614.6%
Potatoes $3.47$3.0613.3%
Pizza $8.49$9.248.1%
Beer $8.67$8.630.4%

Health Care

ItemSun City CenterNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $91.30$99.788.5%
Doctor $85.80$105.0318.3%
Dentist $75.44$88.7015.0%
Ibuprofen $9.44$9.410.3%
Lipitor $324.53$298.508.7%

Housing

ItemSun City CenterNational avg.Difference
Home Price $128,800.00$175,700.0026.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $774.61$1,081.0328.3%
Apartment Rent $1,781.00$920.0093.6%

Transportation

ItemSun City CenterNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.08$2.090.3%
Tire Balancing $48.65$45.297.4%

Utilities

ItemSun City CenterNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$160.88$170.805.8%
Phone $32.47$28.2614.9%
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.
Palmetto, FL12,85693-7%
Ellenton, FL3,31493-7%
Palm River-Clair Mel, FL22,66790-10%
Wimauma, FL6,32790-10%
Memphis, FL8,72295-5%
Sun City Center, FL20,0421011%

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Pleasant Prairie, WI20,0151055%
Sun City Center, FL20,0421011%
Source: The Sun City Center, FL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.