Tampa 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 index97100100
Goods & Services index96101100
Groceries index99105100
Health care index9197100
Housing index9495100
Transportation index102105100
Utilities index103102100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Tampa, FL. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Tampa, FL being 97, that puts it 3% lower than the average of Florida and 3% 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 Tampa, FL, the price of goods and services are 5% lower than the average of Florida as well as 4% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Tampa is 3% lower than the Florida average.
  • The cost of living in Tampa is 3% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Tampa is 6% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Tampa, 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 Tampa, FL homeowners, is $62,778. This would allow for a maximum of $1,465 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $30,972 which would result in a maximum of $723 to be spent on rental costs.

Florida Sales Tax

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Florida Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Tampa, 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

ItemTampaNational 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%


ItemTampaNational 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

ItemTampaNational 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%


ItemTampaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $157,500.00$175,700.0010.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $774.61$1,081.0328.3%
Apartment Rent $956.00$920.003.9%


ItemTampaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.08$2.090.3%
Tire Balancing $48.65$45.297.4%


ItemTampaNational 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.
Lealman, FL20,74085-15%
University, FL41,73286-14%
East Lake-Orient Park, FL23,99588-12%
South Highpoint, FL4,94288-12%
Kenneth City, FL4,98689-11%
Tampa, FL348,93497-3%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Honolulu, HI345,13018282%
Anaheim, CA342,97313939%
Aurora, CO339,4801011%
Bakersfield, CA358,7001066%
Santa Ana, CA331,26613030%
Tampa, FL348,93497-3%
Source: The Tampa, FL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.