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Overall 7%
Goods & Services 5%
Housing 27%
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.
IndexArabAlabamaNational
Cost of living9389100
Goods & Services10598100
Groceries9396100
Health care10091100
Housing7372100
Transportation9991100
Utilities97103100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Arab is 4% higher than the Alabama average
  • The cost of living in Arab is 7% lower than the national average
  • Arab housing is 27% lower 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$59,899$4,992$1,398$1,797
      Renters$20,346$1,696$475$610
      The percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in Arab, AL, as well as what the overall cost of living might be. 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 payments and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Arab, homeowners have a median income of $59,899. Using that number, a maximum of $1,398 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $20,346, which means there is a maximum of $475 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

      Alabama Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Alabama4%13.5%

      Alabama Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Alabama2%5%

      Goods & Services

      ItemArabNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $18.00$17.492.9%
      Beauty Salon $31.32$38.1717.9%
      Toothpaste $2.29$2.321.3%
      Shampoo $0.89$1.0112.0%
      Movie $9.19$10.7214.3%
      Bowling $20.00$13.8644.3%

      Groceries

      ItemArabNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.40$3.9012.8%
      Fried Chicken $1.57$1.4012.5%
      Milk $1.36$1.9630.7%
      Potatoes $2.47$3.1822.4%
      Pizza $10.49$10.390.9%
      Beer $9.24$9.230.1%

      Health Care

      ItemArabNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $108.00$106.341.6%
      Doctor $115.00$115.250.2%
      Dentist $102.00$98.383.7%
      Ibuprofen $8.15$9.2612.0%
      Lipitor $469.79$466.470.7%

      Housing

      ItemArabNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $149,300.00$184,700.0019.2%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $829.23$1,273.3234.9%
      Apartment Rent $533.00$949.0043.8%

      Transportation

      ItemArabNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.36$2.598.9%
      Tire Balancing $56.00$48.9014.5%

      Utilities

      ItemArabNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$161.29$167.603.8%
      Phone $178.98$163.429.5%
      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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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Douglas, AL1,05683-17%
      Joppa, AL46785-15%
      Snead, AL71087-13%
      Fairview, AL51284-16%
      Baileyton, AL76685-15%
      Arab, AL8,24793-7%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Fort Dix, NJ8,24613838%
      St. Martin, MS8,24588-12%
      Ripley, TN8,24982-18%
      Fort Mitchell, KY8,2451033%
      Pineville, NC8,24499-1%
      Arab, AL8,24793-7%
      Source: The Arab, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.