Birmingham, AL Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
81
Birmingham's Overall Cost Of Living
0.8x
Lower Than The National Average
9 out of 116
In Alabama
305 out of 6,399
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 81 which is 0.8x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Alabama, Birmingham has a cost of living index that's 0.9x lower than Alabama's index of 89.

The standard of living in Birmingham ranks as #305 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in Alabama. By definition, that implies Birmingham ranks as the #6,102 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 81 89 100
Services 88 98 100
Groceries 88 96 100
Health 88 91 100
Housing 57 72 100
Transportation 92 91 100
Utilities 103 103 100
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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.

$91,100
Median Home Value
$837
Median Rent
$37,375
Median Income
Statistic Birmingham Alabama United States
Median Home Value $91,100 $142,700 $217,500
Median Rent $837 $792 $1,062
Median Income $37,375 $50,536 $62,843
Home Value To Income 2.4x 2.8x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.27x 0.19x 0.2x

Detailed Birmingham Services Costs Vs. Alabama

Item Birmingham Alabama
Shampoo $0.78 $1.01
Movie $11.91 $10.72
Bowling $15.0 $13.86

Detailed Birmingham Groceries Costs Vs. Alabama

Item Birmingham Alabama
Ground Beef $3.89 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.17 $1.4
Milk $1.75 $1.96

Detailed Birmingham Health Costs Vs. Alabama

Item Birmingham Alabama
Haircut $16.33 $17.49
Beauty Salon $35.0 $38.17
Toothpaste $1.71 $2.32

Detailed Birmingham Transportation Costs Vs. Alabama

Item Birmingham Alabama
Potatoes $2.73 $3.18
Pizza $9.79 $10.39
Beer $8.65 $9.23
Optometrist $109.0 $106.34
Doctor $80.0 $115.25
Dentist $93.5 $98.38

Detailed Birmingham Utilities Costs Vs. Alabama

Item Birmingham Alabama
Gasoline $2.32 $2.59
Tire Balancing $48.33 $48.9
All Electricity $179.6 $167.6
Phone $178.98 $163.42

Birmingham SnackAbility

5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
4/10
Housing
6
Affordability
6
Diversity
8.5
Safety
2
Amenities
8.5
Education
6
Commute
8

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Birmingham

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Birmingham
Vestavia Hills, AL 34,307 113 1.4x
Bessemer, AL 26,680 80 1.0x
Homewood, AL 25,534 107 1.3x
Pelham, AL 23,428 92 1.1x
Trussville, AL 21,876 101 1.2x
Mountain Brook, AL 20,436 137 1.7x
Center Point, AL 16,353 83 1.0x
Hueytown, AL 15,540 84 1.0x
Chelsea, AL 13,098 103 1.3x
Moody, AL 12,840 89 1.1x

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