Overall 17%
Goods & Services 7%
Housing 49%
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 living8394100
Goods & Services9397100
Health care10197100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Sylvester is 11% lower than the Georgia average
  • The cost of living in Sylvester is 17% lower than the national average
  • Sylvester housing is 49% lower 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

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      The affordability of the housing market in Sylvester, GA as well as the overall cost of living can be predicted 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 be spent on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Sylvester homeowners, the median income is $44,019. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,027 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $19,979. This indicates that renters would have a maximum of $466 for their rent related monthly costs.

      Georgia Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemSylvesterNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $14.33$17.4918.0%
      Beauty Salon $28.00$38.1726.6%
      Toothpaste $2.38$2.322.4%
      Shampoo $0.91$1.019.7%
      Movie $11.32$10.725.5%
      Bowling $4.25$13.8669.3%


      ItemSylvesterNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.24$3.908.7%
      Fried Chicken $1.46$1.404.6%
      Milk $2.25$1.9614.8%
      Potatoes $2.96$3.187.1%
      Pizza $9.32$10.3910.3%
      Beer $8.97$9.232.8%

      Health Care

      ItemSylvesterNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $105.00$106.341.3%
      Doctor $92.50$115.2519.7%
      Dentist $105.00$98.386.7%
      Ibuprofen $9.37$9.261.2%
      Lipitor $423.63$466.479.2%


      ItemSylvesterNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $80,000.00$184,700.0056.7%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $905.78$1,273.3228.9%
      Apartment Rent $640.00$949.0032.6%


      ItemSylvesterNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.14$2.5917.4%
      Tire Balancing $56.62$48.9015.8%


      ItemSylvesterNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$164.26$167.602.0%
      Phone $24.78$163.4284.8%
      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, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Omega, GA1,11179-21%
      Sycamore, GA76679-21%
      Poulan, GA86781-19%
      Ashburn, GA3,78282-18%
      Ty Ty, GA1,01582-18%
      Sylvester, GA6,10883-17%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      East Farmingdale, NY6,10814242%
      Loudoun Valley Estates, VA6,10917777%
      Beardstown, IL6,10983-17%
      Rochester, IN6,11081-19%
      Hartford City, IN6,11077-23%
      Sylvester, GA6,10883-17%
      Source: The Sylvester, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.