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Overall 5%
Goods & Services 3%
Housing 4%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexAlbuquerqueNew MexicoNational
Cost of living9592100
Goods & Services9792100
Groceries9399100
Health care10199100
Housing9686100
Transportation10197100
Utilities8487100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Albuquerque is 4% higher than the New Mexico average
  • The cost of living in Albuquerque is 5% lower than the national average
  • Albuquerque housing is 4% lower than the national average
  • New Mexico general sales tax is 1% higher than the national average
  • New Mexico state income tax is 24% 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$65,861$5,488$1,537$1,976
      Renters$29,307$2,442$684$879
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in Albuquerque is by simply calculating the maximum that should be spent on housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The plan is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Albuquerque has a median income of about $65,861 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $1,537 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $29,307. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $684 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      New Mexico Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      New Mexico5.125%8.688%

      New Mexico Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      New Mexico1.7%4.9%

      Goods & Services

      ItemAlbuquerqueNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $19.33$17.4910.5%
      Beauty Salon $45.00$38.1717.9%
      Toothpaste $3.47$2.3249.7%
      Shampoo $0.82$1.0119.0%
      Movie $11.72$10.729.3%
      Bowling $6.25$13.8654.9%

      Groceries

      ItemAlbuquerqueNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.84$3.9024.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.11$1.4020.5%
      Milk $1.52$1.9622.7%
      Potatoes $2.32$3.1827.2%
      Pizza $9.32$10.3910.3%
      Beer $7.99$9.2313.4%

      Health Care

      ItemAlbuquerqueNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $101.52$106.344.5%
      Doctor $103.83$115.259.9%
      Dentist $100.33$98.382.0%
      Ibuprofen $8.48$9.268.4%
      Lipitor $422.06$466.479.5%

      Housing

      ItemAlbuquerqueNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $185,400.00$184,700.000.4%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,144.40$1,273.3210.1%
      Apartment Rent $816.00$949.0014.0%

      Transportation

      ItemAlbuquerqueNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.21$2.5914.8%
      Tire Balancing $49.95$48.902.2%

      Utilities

      ItemAlbuquerqueNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$149.57$167.6010.8%
      Phone $22.15$163.4286.4%
      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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      Isleta Village Proper, NM48981-19%
      Pueblo of Sandia Village, NM39483-17%
      Albuquerque, NM556,85995-5%

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      Source: The Albuquerque, NM cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.