Birmingham, AL Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2022-04-08
87
Birmingham's Overall Cost Of Living
0.9x
Lower Than The National Average
39 out of 115
In Alabama
1,101 out of 6,412
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Birmingham is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Birmingham, AL?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Birmingham has an overall cost of living index of 87 which is 0.9x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Alabama, Birmingham has a cost of living index that's 1.0x lower than Alabama's index of 90.

The standard of living in Birmingham ranks as #1,101 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in Alabama. By definition, that implies Birmingham ranks as the #5,317 most expensive place in the Heart of Dixie.

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Birmingham Cost Of Living Vs. Alabama

Living Expense Birmingham Alabama National Average
Overall 87 90 100
Services 102 98 100
Groceries 94 98 100
Health 93 92 100
Housing 56 73 100
Transportation 96 91 100
Utilities 101 103 100
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Birmingham Cost of Living Vs. AL

Birmingham, AL Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Alabama, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$97,500
Median Home Value
$870
Median Rent
$38,832
Median Income
Statistic Birmingham Alabama United States
Median Home Value $97,500 $149,600 $229,800
Median Rent $870 $811 $1,096
Median Income $38,832 $52,035 $64,994
Home Value To Income 2.5x 2.9x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.27x 0.19x 0.2x

Detailed Birmingham Services Costs Vs. Alabama

Item Birmingham Alabama
Shampoo $0.88 $1.06
Movie $12.74 $10.68
Bowling $15.0 $14.67

Detailed Birmingham Groceries Costs Vs. Alabama

Item Birmingham Alabama
Ground Beef $4.35 $4.22
Fried Chicken $1.38 $1.39
Milk $1.92 $2.05

Detailed Birmingham Health Costs Vs. Alabama

Item Birmingham Alabama
Haircut $16.76 $18.62
Beauty Salon $33.83 $39.05
Toothpaste $1.8 $2.34

Detailed Birmingham Transportation Costs Vs. Alabama

Item Birmingham Alabama
Potatoes $3.0 $3.29
Pizza $9.76 $10.62
Beer $9.12 $9.38
Optometrist $95.8 $108.57
Doctor $77.78 $116.17
Dentist $106.79 $99.13

Detailed Birmingham Utilities Costs Vs. Alabama

Item Birmingham Alabama
Gasoline $2.03 $2.22
Tire Balancing $50.9 $50.07
All Electricity $172.23 $167.67
Phone $181.81 $175.64

Birmingham SnackAbility

6
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
4/10
Housing
6
Affordability
6
Diversity
8.5
Safety
N/A
Amenities
8.5
Education
7
Commute
8.5

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Birmingham

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Birmingham
Vestavia Hills, AL 34,482 117 1.3x
Bessemer, AL 26,063 84 1.0x
Homewood, AL 25,170 112 1.3x
Pelham, AL 23,707 99 1.1x
Trussville, AL 22,590 106 1.2x
Mountain Brook, AL 20,178 145 1.7x
Center Point, AL 15,971 90 1.0x
Hueytown, AL 15,446 91 1.0x
Chelsea, AL 13,599 107 1.2x
Irondale, AL 13,068 91 1.0x

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