In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Savannah, GA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Georgia and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Savannah, GA is 94, which is 1% higher than the Georgia average and 6% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Savannah, GA are 2% higher than the average for Georgia and 2% lower than the rest of the country.
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The cost of living in Savannah is 1% higher than the Georgia average.
The cost of living in Savannah is 6% lower than the national average.
The cost of housing in Savannah is 16% lower 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.
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Use the salary calculator to compare your current income in Savannah, GA to any other city in the country. The calculator will tell you how much income you would need to make in a particular city to live at the same level based on the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the city you are looking to move to is higher than that of Savannah, GA, then you would need to earn a higher salary in order to enjoy the same standard of living. To use the Savannah, GA salary calculator, enter the name of the new city, then move the slider to your current salary level. The salary calculator will do the rest and let you know if your salary would need to increase or decrease for the new city. You will also see a complete overview of the cost of living.
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A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Savannah, GA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Savannah, GA has a median income of about $54,010 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,260 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $27,404. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $639 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.
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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Savannah, GA is the Georgia sales tax and Georgia income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Georgia sales tax rate is 4% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 8%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Georgia income tax rates range from 1% to 6%.
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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.