Tallahassee 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.
IndexTallahasseeFloridaNational
Cost of living index96100100
IndexTallahasseeFloridaNational
Goods & Services index86101100
Groceries index107105100
Health care index9797100
Housing index10195100
Transportation index97105100
Utilities index100102100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Tallahassee, FL. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Tallahassee, FL being 96, that puts it 4% lower than the average of Florida and 4% lower 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 Tallahassee, FL, the price of goods and services are 14% lower than the average of Florida as well as 14% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Tallahassee is 4% lower than the Florida average.
  • The cost of living in Tallahassee is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Tallahassee is 1% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$72,293$6,024$1,687$2,169
Renters$25,293$2,108$590$759
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Tallahassee, FL as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Tallahassee, FL homeowners, is $72,293. This would allow for a maximum of $1,687 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $25,293 which would result in a maximum of $590 to be spent on rental costs.

Florida Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Florida6%7.5%

Florida Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Florida0%0%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Tallahassee, FL is the Florida sales tax and Florida income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Florida sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7.5%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Florida income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemTallahasseeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.50$14.597.5%
Beauty Salon $32.67$34.685.8%
Toothpaste $2.38$2.473.8%
Shampoo $1.01$1.021.2%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $4.25$4.393.2%

Groceries

ItemTallahasseeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.82$4.487.7%
Fried Chicken $1.43$1.462.3%
Milk $2.74$2.3616.3%
Potatoes $3.85$3.0625.8%
Pizza $8.55$9.247.5%
Beer $8.85$8.632.5%

Health Care

ItemTallahasseeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $95.00$99.784.8%
Doctor $96.67$105.038.0%
Dentist $77.00$88.7013.2%
Ibuprofen $10.15$9.417.8%
Lipitor $336.57$298.5012.8%

Housing

ItemTallahasseeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $176,900.00$175,700.000.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $909.71$1,081.0315.8%
Apartment Rent $921.00$920.000.1%

Transportation

ItemTallahasseeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.01$2.094.0%
Tire Balancing $45.00$45.290.6%

Utilities

ItemTallahasseeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$157.73$170.807.6%
Phone $30.96$28.269.6%
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.
Woodville, FL2,78687-13%
Havana, FL2,24493-7%
Tallahassee, FL185,39596-4%

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Source: The Tallahassee, FL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.