Overall 17%
Goods & Services 4%
Housing 39%
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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.
IndexFort LauderdaleFloridaNational
Cost of living11799100
Goods & Services10498100
Health care10499100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Fort Lauderdale is 18% higher than the Florida average
  • The cost of living in Fort Lauderdale is 17% higher than the national average
  • Fort Lauderdale housing is 39% higher than the national average
  • Florida general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average
  • Florida state income tax is 100% 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 Fort Lauderdale, FL, 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 Fort Lauderdale, homeowners have a median income of $73,166. Using that number, a maximum of $1,707 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $37,063, which means there is a maximum of $865 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemFort LauderdaleNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $18.83$20.277.1%
      Beauty Salon $70.69$40.3975.0%
      Toothpaste $2.76$2.3616.8%
      Shampoo $1.18$1.089.6%
      Movie $13.43$10.9922.2%
      Bowling $21.77$15.4940.5%


      ItemFort LauderdaleNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.62$4.307.5%
      Fried Chicken $1.82$1.4030.1%
      Milk $3.36$2.2052.7%
      Potatoes $4.95$3.2253.7%
      Pizza $9.66$10.7410.1%
      Beer $10.90$9.6013.6%

      Health Care

      ItemFort LauderdaleNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $128.40$109.7317.0%
      Doctor $93.13$118.3421.3%
      Dentist $112.40$100.9411.4%
      Ibuprofen $12.17$9.9322.5%
      Lipitor $477.78$469.531.8%


      ItemFort LauderdaleNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $273,400.00$184,700.0048.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,717.84$1,229.6239.7%
      Apartment Rent $1,135.00$949.0019.6%


      ItemFort LauderdaleNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.71$2.710.1%
      Tire Balancing $56.53$51.869.0%


      ItemFort LauderdaleNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$172.59$170.841.0%
      Phone $191.55$187.182.3%
      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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      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Franklin Park, FL1,039937.3%
      Pembroke Park, FL6,259937.3%
      Lauderdale Lakes, FL34,321954.9%
      Watergate, FL3,527963.7%
      Lauderhill, FL70,452973.4%
      Fort Lauderdale, FL175,15311716.7%

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      Fort Lauderdale, FL175,15311716.7%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.