Overall 4%
Goods & Services 8%
Housing 5%
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.
Cost of living10494100
Goods & Services10897100
Health care10997100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Duluth is 11% higher than the Georgia average
  • The cost of living in Duluth is 4% higher than the national average
  • Duluth housing is 5% higher than the national average
  • Georgia general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average
  • Georgia state income tax is 59% lower than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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      The percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in Duluth, GA, 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 Duluth, homeowners have a median income of $77,420. Using that number, a maximum of $1,806 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $47,633, which means there is a maximum of $1,111 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

      Georgia Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $20.90$17.4919.5%
      Beauty Salon $48.30$38.1726.5%
      Toothpaste $2.89$2.3224.5%
      Shampoo $1.04$1.012.8%
      Movie $14.66$10.7236.7%
      Bowling $16.40$13.8618.3%


      ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.64$3.9019.0%
      Fried Chicken $1.32$1.405.4%
      Milk $2.09$1.966.5%
      Potatoes $3.00$3.185.7%
      Pizza $11.39$10.399.6%
      Beer $9.74$9.235.5%

      Health Care

      ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $109.20$106.342.7%
      Doctor $119.75$115.253.9%
      Dentist $123.40$98.3825.4%
      Ibuprofen $8.35$9.269.8%
      Lipitor $463.28$466.470.7%


      ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $183,800.00$184,700.000.5%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,321.35$1,273.323.8%
      Apartment Rent $1,111.00$949.0017.1%


      ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.70$2.594.3%
      Tire Balancing $56.89$48.9016.4%


      ItemDuluthNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$124.35$167.6025.8%
      Phone $182.25$163.4211.5%
      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.
      Stone Mountain, GA6,10291-9%
      Clarkston, GA12,59492-8%
      Pine Lake, GA64496-4%
      Lawrenceville, GA30,12798-2%
      Doraville, GA10,34898-2%
      Duluth, GA28,6811044%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Hobart, IN28,69399-1%
      Marion, IN28,69879-21%
      Jacksonville, AR28,66188-12%
      Agawam Town, MA28,70111515%
      Harker Heights, TX28,71691-9%
      Duluth, GA28,6811044%
      Source: The Duluth, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.