Vestavia Hills 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.
IndexVestavia HillsAlabamaNational
Cost of living index11689100
IndexVestavia HillsAlabamaNational
Goods & Services index8996100
Groceries index9897100
Health care index8787100
Housing index17173100
Transportation index9192100
Utilities index101104100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Vestavia Hills, AL cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Vestavia Hills, AL is 116, which is 30% higher than the Alabama average and 16% 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 Vestavia Hills, AL are 8% lower than the Alabama average and 11% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Vestavia Hills is 30% higher than the Alabama average.
  • The cost of living in Vestavia Hills is 16% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Vestavia Hills is 71% higher than the national average.
  • Alabama general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • Alabama state income tax is 10% 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$107,387$8,949$2,506$3,222
Renters$39,899$3,325$931$1,197
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Vestavia Hills, AL, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Vestavia Hills, AL homeowners have a median income of $107,387. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,506 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $39,899, which means there is a maximum of $931 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Alabama Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Alabama4%10%

Alabama Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Alabama2%5%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Vestavia Hills, AL you will want to make sure you consider both the Alabama sales tax and the Alabama income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Alabama is 4%, with the highest surtax being 10%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Alabama have a range from 2% to 5%.

Goods & Services

ItemVestavia HillsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.22$15.562.2%
Beauty Salon $31.39$36.1113.1%
Toothpaste $2.41$2.472.4%
Shampoo $0.89$0.967.4%
Movie $10.38$10.132.5%
Bowling $4.79$4.741.2%

Groceries

ItemVestavia HillsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.21$3.985.6%
Fried Chicken $1.31$1.417.1%
Milk $2.67$2.0629.4%
Potatoes $4.31$2.9844.5%
Pizza $10.00$9.475.6%
Beer $7.57$8.7913.9%

Health Care

ItemVestavia HillsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $117.45$101.0416.2%
Doctor $94.06$107.4412.5%
Dentist $70.00$90.4222.6%
Ibuprofen $6.86$9.2826.0%
Lipitor $417.02$426.502.2%

Housing

ItemVestavia HillsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $339,000.00$175,700.0092.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $830.92$1,133.2326.7%
Apartment Rent $1,093.00$920.0018.8%

Transportation

ItemVestavia HillsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.84$1.997.7%
Tire Balancing $40.67$45.7611.1%

Utilities

ItemVestavia HillsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$184.28$163.8112.5%
Phone $24.33$28.3914.3%
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.

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Cardiff, AL2172-28%
McDonald Chapel, AL51475-25%
Lipscomb, AL2,33177-23%
Mulga, AL95277-23%
Vandiver, AL1,09078-22%
Vestavia Hills, AL34,06111616%

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Vestavia Hills, AL34,06111616%
Source: The Vestavia Hills, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.