Sweetwater 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.
IndexSweetwaterFloridaNational
Cost of living index98100100
IndexSweetwaterFloridaNational
Goods & Services index106101100
Groceries index107105100
Health care index10497100
Housing index8095100
Transportation index117105100
Utilities index97102100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Sweetwater, FL is displayed above. In Sweetwater, FL, the overall cost of living index is 98, which is 2% lower than the Florida average and 2% lower 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 Sweetwater, FL, the city's goods and services are 6% higher than the Florida average and 6% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sweetwater is 2% lower than the Florida average.
  • The cost of living in Sweetwater is 2% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sweetwater is 20% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Sweetwater, FL to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Sweetwater, FL, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Sweetwater, FL salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$39,052$3,254$911$1,172
Renters$28,094$2,341$655$843
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Sweetwater, FL, 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 Sweetwater, FL, the median monthly income is $39,052 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $911 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $28,094, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $655 on monthly rental expenses.

Florida Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Florida6%7.5%

Florida Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Florida0%0%
The Florida sales tax and Florida income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Sweetwater, FL. 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 Florida sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 7.5%. 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 Florida income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemSweetwaterNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.60$14.596.9%
Beauty Salon $45.00$34.6829.8%
Toothpaste $2.70$2.479.2%
Shampoo $1.07$1.024.7%
Movie $10.81$9.879.5%
Bowling $8.26$4.3988.1%

Groceries

ItemSweetwaterNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.13$4.4814.6%
Fried Chicken $1.57$1.467.2%
Milk $2.71$2.3615.0%
Potatoes $3.39$3.0610.7%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $8.43$8.632.3%

Health Care

ItemSweetwaterNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $80.50$99.7819.3%
Doctor $97.86$105.036.8%
Dentist $97.00$88.709.4%
Ibuprofen $10.49$9.4111.5%
Lipitor $332.58$298.5011.4%

Housing

ItemSweetwaterNational avg.Difference
Home Price $105,100.00$175,700.0040.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,310.50$1,081.0321.2%
Apartment Rent $1,160.00$920.0026.1%

Transportation

ItemSweetwaterNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.32$2.0911.1%
Tire Balancing $59.59$45.2931.6%

Utilities

ItemSweetwaterNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$166.37$170.802.6%
Phone $27.52$28.262.6%
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.
Fisher Island, FL2401066%
Medley, FL94090-10%
Pembroke Park, FL6,22089-11%
Brownsville, FL14,83593-7%
Opa-locka, FL15,86794-6%
Sweetwater, FL20,56298-2%

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Cumberland, MD20,55788-12%
Johnstown, PA20,57682-18%
Lomita, CA20,53914444%
Shelbyville, TN20,61686-14%
Hauppauge, NY20,61715858%
Sweetwater, FL20,56298-2%
Source: The Sweetwater, FL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.