Overall 13%
Goods & Services 12%
Housing 26%
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 living8789100
Goods & Services8998100
Health care7991100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Lincoln is 3% lower than the Alabama average
  • The cost of living in Lincoln is 13% lower than the national average
  • Lincoln housing is 26% lower than the national average
  • Alabama general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average
  • Alabama state income tax is 19% lower than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in Lincoln is by simply calculating the maximum that should be spent on housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The plan is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Lincoln has a median income of about $61,210 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $1,428 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $45,214. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,055 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      Alabama Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemLincolnNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $13.60$17.4922.2%
      Beauty Salon $31.00$38.1718.8%
      Toothpaste $1.84$2.3220.7%
      Shampoo $0.85$1.0116.0%
      Movie $9.25$10.7213.7%
      Bowling $10.00$13.8627.9%


      ItemLincolnNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.53$3.909.5%
      Fried Chicken $1.08$1.4022.6%
      Milk $1.51$1.9623.0%
      Potatoes $2.66$3.1816.4%
      Pizza $10.49$10.390.9%
      Beer $8.39$9.239.1%

      Health Care

      ItemLincolnNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $77.60$106.3427.0%
      Doctor $75.75$115.2534.3%
      Dentist $72.25$98.3826.6%
      Ibuprofen $9.47$9.262.3%
      Lipitor $464.50$466.470.4%


      ItemLincolnNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $125,500.00$184,700.0032.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $820.88$1,273.3235.5%
      Apartment Rent $843.00$949.0011.2%


      ItemLincolnNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.29$2.5911.5%
      Tire Balancing $42.74$48.9012.6%


      ItemLincolnNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$247.64$167.6047.8%
      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.

      Nearby cities with low cost of living

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      West End-Cobb Town, AL3,55078-22%
      Munford, AL1,35679-21%
      Talladega, AL15,79379-21%
      Ragland, AL1,92180-20%
      Alexandria, AL3,98084-16%
      Lincoln, AL6,42987-13%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Blakely, PA6,43093-7%
      Hillsborough, NC6,42895-5%
      Tracyton, WA6,42512525%
      Plumas Lake, CA6,43412222%
      Milford, MI6,43499-1%
      Lincoln, AL6,42987-13%
      Source: The Lincoln, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.