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Overall 20%
Goods & Services 12%
Housing 47%
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.
IndexBrentAlabamaNational
Cost of living8089100
Goods & Services8898100
Groceries8896100
Health care8891100
Housing5372100
Transportation9291100
Utilities103103100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Brent is 11% lower than the Alabama average
  • The cost of living in Brent is 20% lower than the national average
  • Brent housing is 47% 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$49,099$4,092$1,146$1,473
      Renters$28,846$2,404$673$865
      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in Brent, AL, is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Brent, the median monthly income is $49,099 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,146 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $28,846, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $673 on monthly rental expenses.

      Alabama Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Alabama4%13.5%

      Alabama Income Tax

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

      Goods & Services

      ItemBrentNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $16.33$17.496.6%
      Beauty Salon $35.00$38.178.3%
      Toothpaste $1.71$2.3226.3%
      Shampoo $0.78$1.0122.9%
      Movie $11.91$10.7211.1%
      Bowling $15.00$13.868.2%

      Groceries

      ItemBrentNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.89$3.900.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.17$1.4016.2%
      Milk $1.75$1.9610.8%
      Potatoes $2.73$3.1814.2%
      Pizza $9.79$10.395.8%
      Beer $8.65$9.236.3%

      Health Care

      ItemBrentNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $109.00$106.342.5%
      Doctor $80.00$115.2530.6%
      Dentist $93.50$98.385.0%
      Ibuprofen $7.98$9.2613.8%
      Lipitor $457.00$466.472.0%

      Housing

      ItemBrentNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $103,300.00$184,700.0044.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $955.18$1,273.3225.0%
      Apartment Rent $449.00$949.0052.7%

      Transportation

      ItemBrentNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.32$2.5910.6%
      Tire Balancing $48.33$48.901.2%

      Utilities

      ItemBrentNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$179.60$167.607.2%
      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.

      Nearby cities with low cost of living

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      West Blocton, AL1,33477-23%
      Centreville, AL2,72083-17%
      Brent, AL4,90280-20%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Eagleton Village, TN4,90281-19%
      Big Pine Key, FL4,90212424%
      Travelers Rest, SC4,90395-5%
      Cochran, GA4,90185-15%
      Walkertown, NC4,90091-9%
      Brent, AL4,90280-20%
      Source: The Brent, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.