## Pooler cost of living index

 Index Pooler Georgia National Cost of living index 101 94 100 Index Pooler Georgia National Goods & Services index 99 97 100 Groceries index 95 99 100 Health care index 106 97 100 Housing index 108 86 100 Transportation index 95 97 100 Utilities index 97 93 100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Pooler, GA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Pooler, GA enjoy a cost of living index of 101. This index is 8% higher than the Georgia average, and 1% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Pooler, GA, the average cost of goods and services is 2% higher than it is in Georgia, and it is 1% lower than the national average.

## Did you know?

• The cost of living in Pooler is 8% higher than the Georgia average.
• The cost of living in Pooler is 1% higher than the national average.
• The cost of housing in Pooler is 8% higher than the national average.
• Georgia general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
• Georgia state income tax is 55% lower than the national average.

## Salary Calculator

The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Pooler, GA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Pooler, GA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Pooler, GA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

## Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

 Median Income Per Year Per Month Max Budget (28% DTI) Max Budget (36% DTI) Owners \$78,683 \$6,557 \$1,836 \$2,361 Renters \$58,058 \$4,838 \$1,355 \$1,742
The affordability of the housing market in Pooler, GA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Pooler, GA homeowners, the median income is \$78,683. This indicates that a monthly maximum of \$1,836 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of \$58,058. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of \$1,355 used for their rent related monthly costs.

## Georgia Sales Tax

 State General Sales Tax With Max Surtax Georgia 4% 8%

## Georgia Income Tax

 State Income Tax (Low) Income Tax (High) Georgia 1% 6%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Pooler, GA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Georgia, as well as the rate for income tax in Georgia. 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 Georgia is 8%, and the sales tax in the state of Georgia 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 Georgia starts from 1% and goes up to 6%.

## Goods & Services

 Item Pooler National avg. Difference Haircut \$17.14 \$17.49 2.0% Beauty Salon \$35.50 \$38.17 7.0% Toothpaste \$1.97 \$2.32 15.1% Shampoo \$0.87 \$1.01 14.0% Movie \$11.84 \$10.72 10.4% Bowling \$19.05 \$13.86 37.4%

## Groceries

 Item Pooler National avg. Difference Ground Beef \$3.71 \$3.90 4.9% Fried Chicken \$1.36 \$1.40 2.6% Milk \$1.97 \$1.96 0.4% Potatoes \$3.26 \$3.18 2.4% Pizza \$9.99 \$10.39 3.9% Beer \$9.84 \$9.23 6.6%

## Health Care

 Item Pooler National avg. Difference Optometrist \$88.50 \$106.34 16.8% Doctor \$108.33 \$115.25 6.0% Dentist \$119.67 \$98.38 21.6% Ibuprofen \$8.31 \$9.26 10.3% Lipitor \$509.58 \$466.47 9.2%

## Housing

 Item Pooler National avg. Difference Home Price \$187,900.00 \$184,700.00 1.7% Avg. Mortgage Payment \$773.26 \$1,273.32 39.3% Apartment Rent \$1,159.00 \$949.00 22.1%

## Transportation

 Item Pooler National avg. Difference Gasoline \$2.39 \$2.59 7.9% Tire Balancing \$49.80 \$48.90 1.9%

## Utilities

 Item Pooler National avg. Difference All Electricity \$159.64 \$167.60 4.8% Phone \$179.40 \$163.42 9.8%
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, State Population Cost of Living Index National Avg. Garden City, GA 8,889 88 -12% Bloomingdale, GA 2,703 92 -8% Savannah, GA 144,717 94 -6% Rincon, GA 9,690 95 -5% Montgomery, GA 4,222 96 -4% Pooler, GA 22,131 101 1%

## Cities with similar population

 City, State Population Cost of Living Index National Avg. Port Hueneme, CA 22,126 130 30% Haines City, FL 22,138 85 -15% Alliance, OH 22,121 84 -16% North Plainfield, NJ 22,106 119 19% Ensley, FL 22,101 90 -10% Pooler, GA 22,131 101 1%
Source: The Pooler, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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