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.
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Calera, AL cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Alabama and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Calera, AL is 91, which is 2% higher than the Alabama average and 9% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Calera, AL are 5% lower than the average for Alabama and 8% lower than the rest of the country.
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The cost of living in Calera is 2% higher than the Alabama average.
The cost of living in Calera is 9% lower than the national average.
The cost of housing in Calera is 15% 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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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Calera, AL as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Calera, AL homeowners, is $63,114. This would allow for a maximum of $1,473 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $68,042 which would result in a maximum of $1,588 to be spent on rental costs.
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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Calera, AL, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Alabama, as well as the rate for income tax in Alabama. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Alabama is 13.5%, and the sales tax in the state of Alabama is 4%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Alabama starts from 2% and goes up to 5%.
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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.