Villa Rica 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.
IndexVilla RicaGeorgiaNational
Cost of living index9594100
IndexVilla RicaGeorgiaNational
Goods & Services index10296100
Groceries index107100100
Health care index10394100
Housing index7887100
Transportation index10996100
Utilities index9197100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Villa Rica, GA is displayed above. In Villa Rica, GA, the overall cost of living index is 95, which is 1% higher than the Georgia average and 5% 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 Villa Rica, GA, the city's goods and services are 6% higher than the Georgia average and 2% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Villa Rica is 1% higher than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Villa Rica is 5% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Villa Rica is 22% lower 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Villa Rica, GA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Villa Rica, GA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Villa Rica, GA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$64,003$5,334$1,493$1,920
Renters$33,291$2,774$777$999
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Villa Rica, GA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Villa Rica, GA has a median income of about $64,003 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,493 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $33,291. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $777 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Georgia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Georgia4%8%

Georgia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Georgia1%6%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Villa Rica, GA you will want to make sure you consider both the Georgia sales tax and the Georgia 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 Georgia is 4%, with the highest surtax being 8%. 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 Georgia have a range from 1% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemVilla RicaNational 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%

Groceries

ItemVilla RicaNational 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

ItemVilla RicaNational 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%

Housing

ItemVilla RicaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $124,000.00$175,700.0029.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,027.50$1,081.035.0%
Apartment Rent $867.00$920.005.8%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemVilla RicaNational 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.
Temple, GA4,24491-9%
Palmetto, GA4,89392-8%
Dallas, GA12,12994-6%
Carrollton, GA25,13895-5%
Hiram, GA3,62895-5%
Villa Rica, GA14,26695-5%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Powder Springs, GA14,27199-1%
Otsego, MN14,2571077%
Ammon, ID14,25791-9%
Miami Springs, FL14,25511818%
Clemson, SC14,25497-3%
Villa Rica, GA14,26695-5%
Source: The Villa Rica, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.