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Cost of Living

Residents of Athens-Clarke County enjoy a rich quality of life and a low cost of living.

Athens-Clarke County has a cost of living index that is well below the national average. Everything from rental properties and utilities to dry goods and food have price tags that are below the state average. In addition, real estate in Athens-Clarke County has held more value compared with the rest of Georgia.

When you run the numbers, it’s easy to see why numerous publications have ranked Athens-Clarke County as one of the best places to live in the country. Read about the National Fourth Economy Community Index which has named Athens-Clarke County as one of the "Top 10 Small-Sized Counties for 2012".

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Goods & Services

ItemAthens-Clarke CountyNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.14 $13.56 11.6%
Beauty Salon $40.39 $32.90 22.8%
Toothpaste $3.12 $2.45 27.4%
Shampoo $0.86 $0.99 13.1%
Dry Cleaning $8.80 $10.86 18.9%
Men's Shirt $31.57 $25.93 21.7%
Boy's Jeans $19.98 $21.56 7.3%
Women's Slacks $43.40 $27.27 59.1%
Newspaper $18.99 $16.20 17.2%
Movie $11.00 $9.08 21.1%
Bowling $4.47 $3.99 12.1%
Vet Services $45.12 $44.54 1.3%

Groceries

ItemAthens-Clarke CountyNational avg.Difference
TBone Steak $9.40 $9.30 1.1%
Ground Beef $2.91 $3.15 7.6%
Fried Chicken $0.94 $1.19 21.0%
Milk $2.38 $2.31 2.9%
Dozen Eggs $1.56 $1.61 2.9%
Potatoes $4.56 $3.25 40.4%
Bananas $0.54 $0.59 8.8%
Bread $1.68 $1.45 16.3%
Orange Juice $2.75 $3.25 15.5%
Coffee $4.73 $4.81 1.7%
Frozen Meal $1.95 $2.58 24.4%
Potato Chips $3.36 $3.62 7.2%
Coke $1.53 $1.54 0.4%
Pizza $8.00 $8.94 10.6%
Beer $8.98 $8.47 6.0%
Wine $8.07 $7.36 9.6%

Health Care

ItemAthens-Clarke CountyNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $94.17 $91.49 2.9%
Doctor $100.67 $94.63 6.4%
Dentist $82.90 $82.59 0.4%
Ibuprofen $8.60 $9.46 9.1%
Lipitor $182.14 $174.64 4.3%

Housing & Utilities

ItemAthens-Clarke CountyNational avg.Difference
Insurance $960.02 $1,070.11 10.3%
All Electricity $171.51 $166.04 3.3%
Other Energy $67.12 $74.60 10.0%
Electricity $104.39 $94.28 10.7%
Phone $27.01 $26.88 0.5%

Transportation

ItemAthens-Clarke CountyNational avg.Difference
Tire Balancing $12.76 $10.68 19.5%
Gasoline $3.67 $3.62 1.5%
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.