Overall 30%
Goods & Services 10%
Housing 94%
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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.
IndexSandy SpringsGeorgiaNational
Cost of living13093100
Goods & Services11097100
Health care10696100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Sandy Springs is 41% higher than the Georgia average
  • The cost of living in Sandy Springs is 30% higher than the national average
  • Sandy Springs housing is 94% 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

      Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in Sandy Springs, GA, is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Sandy Springs, the median monthly income is $125,598 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,930 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $47,003, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,097 on monthly rental expenses.

      Georgia Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemSandy SpringsNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $24.13$20.2719.0%
      Beauty Salon $50.23$40.3924.4%
      Toothpaste $2.01$2.3614.9%
      Shampoo $0.99$1.087.7%
      Movie $14.44$10.9931.4%
      Bowling $18.13$15.4917.1%


      ItemSandy SpringsNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.09$4.304.8%
      Fried Chicken $1.02$1.4027.3%
      Milk $1.66$2.2024.6%
      Potatoes $4.00$3.2224.4%
      Pizza $10.92$10.741.7%
      Beer $11.77$9.6022.6%

      Health Care

      ItemSandy SpringsNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $121.68$109.7310.9%
      Doctor $121.28$118.342.5%
      Dentist $114.41$100.9413.3%
      Ibuprofen $9.23$9.937.0%
      Lipitor $480.14$469.532.3%


      ItemSandy SpringsNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $421,600.00$184,700.00128.3%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,377.99$1,229.6212.1%
      Apartment Rent $1,083.00$949.0014.1%


      ItemSandy SpringsNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.71$2.710.2%
      Tire Balancing $51.76$51.860.2%


      ItemSandy SpringsNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$122.51$170.8428.3%
      Phone $188.46$187.180.7%
      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

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Fair Oaks, GA9,9749010.1%
      Stone Mountain, GA6,102909.9%
      Candler-McAfee, GA23,478909.6%
      Clarkston, GA12,594919.0%
      Redan, GA34,100928.5%
      Sandy Springs, GA102,21213030.1%

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      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      San Mateo, CA102,224204104.3%
      Clovis, CA102,14811919.0%
      Davenport, IA102,3059010.2%
      Lewisville, TX102,3271032.9%
      Rialto, CA102,41811414.2%
      Sandy Springs, GA102,21213030.1%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.