Suwanee 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.
Cost of living index11194100
Goods & Services index10296100
Groceries index107100100
Health care index10394100
Housing index13287100
Transportation index10996100
Utilities index9197100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Suwanee, GA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Suwanee, GA is 111, which is 18% higher than the Georgia average and 11% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Suwanee, GA are 6% higher than the Georgia average and 2% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Suwanee is 18% higher than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Suwanee is 11% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Suwanee is 32% 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)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Suwanee, 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 Suwanee, GA, the median monthly income is $93,573 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,183 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $48,750, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,137 on monthly rental expenses.

Georgia Sales Tax

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Georgia Income Tax

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For those who live in Suwanee, GA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Georgia income tax rate and the Georgia 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 Georgia, the sales tax is 4%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8%. 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 Georgia, the income tax rate ranges between 1% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemSuwaneeNational 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%


ItemSuwaneeNational 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

ItemSuwaneeNational 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%


ItemSuwaneeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $235,800.00$175,700.0034.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,027.50$1,081.035.0%
Apartment Rent $1,177.00$920.0027.9%


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


ItemSuwaneeNational 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%
Suwanee, GA16,64811111%

Cities with similar population

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Defiance, OH16,64689-11%
Concord, MO16,6451000%
Sikeston, MO16,64282-18%
Fairhope, AL16,6611077%
Centralia, WA16,66497-3%
Suwanee, GA16,64811111%
Source: The Suwanee, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.