Thomaston cost of living index

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. 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 breakdown for each index is as follows: goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexThomastonGeorgiaNational
Cost of living8394100
IndexThomastonGeorgiaNational
Goods & Services9597100
Groceries9699100
Health care10097100
Housing5086100
Transportation11297100
Utilities8793100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Thomaston is 12% lower than the Georgia average
  • The cost of living in Thomaston is 17% lower than the national average
  • Thomaston housing is 50% 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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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

      Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
      Owners$46,382$3,865$1,082$1,392
      Renters$19,494$1,625$455$585
      The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Thomaston, GA, as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Thomaston homeowners, is $46,382. This would allow for a maximum of $1,082 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $19,494 which would result in a maximum of $455 to be spent on rental costs.

      Georgia Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Georgia4%8%

      Georgia Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Georgia1%5.75%

      Goods & Services

      ItemThomastonNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $9.85$17.4943.7%
      Beauty Salon $40.32$38.175.6%
      Toothpaste $2.62$2.3212.9%
      Shampoo $1.67$1.0165.3%
      Movie $10.78$10.720.5%
      Bowling $4.12$13.8670.3%

      Groceries

      ItemThomastonNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.70$3.905.0%
      Fried Chicken $1.27$1.409.1%
      Milk $2.03$1.963.4%
      Potatoes $2.87$3.189.8%
      Pizza $8.66$10.3916.7%
      Beer $8.35$9.239.6%

      Health Care

      ItemThomastonNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $75.39$106.3429.1%
      Doctor $139.84$115.2521.3%
      Dentist $78.43$98.3820.3%
      Ibuprofen $9.00$9.262.8%
      Lipitor $404.39$466.4713.3%

      Housing

      ItemThomastonNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $79,300.00$184,700.0057.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $831.40$1,273.3234.7%
      Apartment Rent $620.00$949.0034.7%

      Transportation

      ItemThomastonNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.19$2.5915.6%
      Tire Balancing $66.19$48.9035.4%

      Utilities

      ItemThomastonNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$145.53$167.6013.2%
      Phone $25.14$163.4284.6%
      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.
      Salem, GA34375-25%
      Lincoln Park, GA45376-24%
      Hilltop, GA37277-23%
      Talbotton, GA1,11878-22%
      Woodland, GA31480-20%
      Thomaston, GA8,97683-17%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Scaggsville, MD8,97515454%
      Toppenish, WA8,97790-10%
      Fort Valley, GA8,97584-16%
      Wasilla, AK8,97211717%
      Lancaster, SC8,97190-10%
      Thomaston, GA8,97683-17%
      Source: The Thomaston, GA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.