Waycross 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.
IndexWaycrossGeorgiaNational
Cost of living index8094100
IndexWaycrossGeorgiaNational
Goods & Services index8696100
Groceries index107100100
Health care index9794100
Housing index4687100
Transportation index9796100
Utilities index10097100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Waycross, GA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Waycross, GA enjoy a cost of living index of 80. This index is 15% lower than the Georgia average, and 20% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Waycross, GA, the average cost of goods and services is 10% lower than it is in Georgia, and it is 14% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Waycross is 15% lower than the Georgia average.
  • The cost of living in Waycross is 20% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Waycross is 54% 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.

Find Real Estate Listings In Waycross

Location
Price
Bedrooms
Bathrooms
 

New Real Estate Listings In Waycross

Compare Waycross, GA Cost of living To Other Cities

Salary Calculator

This is how much you would need to earn in
Price difference in compared to
Cost of living index
Goods & Services index
Groceries index
Health care index
Housing index
Transportation index
Utilities index
Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Waycross, GA to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Waycross, GA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Waycross, GA salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$34,873$2,906$814$1,046
Renters$19,571$1,631$457$587
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 Waycross, 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. Waycross, GA has a median income of about $34,873 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $814 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $19,571. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $457 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%
The Georgia sales tax and Georgia income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Waycross, GA. 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 Georgia sales tax is 4% and the maximum surtax is 8%. 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 Georgia income tax rates range from 1% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemWaycrossNational 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

ItemWaycrossNational 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

ItemWaycrossNational 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

ItemWaycrossNational avg.Difference
Home Price $66,500.00$175,700.0062.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $909.71$1,081.0315.8%
Apartment Rent $608.00$920.0033.9%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemWaycrossNational 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.
Sunnyside, GA1,45381-19%
Blackshear, GA3,48582-18%
Offerman, GA43283-17%
Hoboken, GA66390-10%
Deenwood, GA1,51485-15%
Waycross, GA14,36380-20%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Halawa, HI14,36318989%
San Elizario, TX14,36079-21%
Englewood, FL14,36696-4%
Riverhead, NY14,35413636%
Lincoln, IL14,38284-16%
Waycross, GA14,36380-20%
Source: The Waycross, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.