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Overview
9/10
Cost of Living Score
8.9%
The cost of living in Opelika is 8.9% lower than the average cost of living in the United States. Opelika scores a 9 out of 10 in terms of cost of living. A cost of living score of 10 indicates most expensive while a 1 represents cheapest. Cost of living is calculated based on accumulating the cost of food, transportation, health services, rent, utilities, taxes, and miscellaneous.

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Comparison to Alabama
56th
most expensive in Alabama
1.6%
Alabama average
When compared with the rest of the state, Opelika ranks as the 56th most expensive city in Alabama for overall cost of living. The cost of living in Opelika is 1.6% lower than the Alabama average.
Cost of Food
Food
9/10
The cost of food in Opelika is higher than the United States average and earns a score of 9 out of 10. A cost of food score of 10 indicates most expensive while a 1 represents cheapest. The following are collected for use in calculating cost of food: meats, dairy products, produce, bakery products, miscellaneous grocery products, fast food, and average casual restaurant.

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Cost of Transportation
Transportation
10/10
The cost of transportation in Opelika is higher than the United States average and earns a score of 10 out of 10. A cost of transportation score of 10 indicates most expensive while a 1 represents cheapest. The cost of transportation score uses local data on commuting patterns and city dispersion combined with fuel cost factors, public transportation, and efficiency patterns of public transportation in relationship to a transportation price level index. A relative cost of airline travel component is also included. In major cities, where parking is a substantial cost, estimates are included for parking expenses during regular business hours.

Transportation factors also include the yearly total cost of operating automobile(s) and/or equivalent commuter expense for ten miles. The cost of operating an automobile defaults to 20 miles round trip daily, maintenance, taxes and licensing fees, insurance, gasoline costs including taxes, etc. Costs vary according to changes to number of vehicles, combined value and combined prose, and annual mileage/kilometers. Sources include IRS allowed reimbursement policies, local gasoline, insurance, licensing and maintenance/service prices.

The data used to calculate the cost of food score is a sample of data pulled from ERI Economic Research Institute’s Relocation Assessor. For a more detailed food price index, please try a free demo of the cloud-based Relocation Assessor.
Cost of Housing
Housing
10/10
The cost of housing in Opelika is higher than the United States average and earns a score of 10 out of 10. A cost of housing score of 10 indicates most expensive while a 1 represents cheapest. The following are collected for use in determining the cost of housing score: square footage, monthly rent, home prices, and utilities.

For the estimated monthly rent prices, data on average and median rent price per square foot on a 900 square foot (2 bed room), unfurnished higher-quality apartment is collected. Estimated apartment rental prices assume a standard lease (usually 1-year) is signed. The same geographic assumptions and data standards used for home prices are applied to data collection and survey procedures. Utilities are estimated based on costs for common heating/cooling/sources of energy for the location. Water and sewer cost estimates are also included.

The data used to calculate the cost of food score is a sample of data pulled from ERI Economic Research Institute’s Relocation Assessor. For a more detailed food price index, please try a free demo of the cloud-based Relocation Assessor.
Cost of Health Care
Health Care
10/10
The cost of health care in Opelika is higher than the United States average and earns a score of 10 out of 10. A cost of health care score of 10 indicates most expensive while a 1 represents cheapest. The following are collected for use in the health care grade estimate: a “check-up” to a primary care physician, a regular cleaning with a dentist, and the cost of a widely prescribed non-generic pharmaceutical drug.

Health care services include out-of-pocket costs for the employee and carrier zone rates by location, along with hospital costs. They are based primarily upon group medical benefits as tracked by national carriers and in-house methodology. Health care services vary by family size.

The data used to calculate the cost of food score is a sample of data pulled from ERI Economic Research Institute’s Relocation Assessor. For a more detailed food price index, please try a free demo of the cloud-based Relocation Assessor.

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About the Data
The above data is a sample of data available in ERI Economic Research Institute's Relocation Assessor. Cost of living data is derived from ERI's cost of living surveys and web digitization of public domain records. To generate detailed cost of living reports suitable for creating cost comparisons for relocating employees customized to spending patterns, please consult ERI's Relocation Assessor. The Relocation Assessor includes cost of living data for 10,000 areas worldwide and allows for customization based on salary, housing, family size, consumption, services, and travel. Try a free demo of the cloud-based Relocation Assessor.
Employment
9/10
Score
184
Employment Rate
Opelika is averaging an employment rate of 184 per month. Opelika receives an employment score of 9 out of 10. Employment rate is calculated as the average change in the number of jobs added to the labor market per month over the span of the previous year.
Unemployment
5/10
Score
5%
Unemployment Rate
The unemployment rate in Opelika is 5%. Opelika receives an overall unemployment score of 5 out of 10. Unemployment rate is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed individuals by all individuals currently in the labor force.

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Upward Mobility
1/10
Score
36.7%
Upward Mobility Rate
The upward mobility rate in Opelika is 36.7%. Opelika receives an overall upward score of 1 out of 10. Upward mobility is a measure of the average economic outcome of a child from a below-median income family compared to their parents. In areas with higher absolute upward mobility, children from low-income parents earn higher incomes as adults compared to their parents.
Overview
1/10
Score
6.2%
Crime Rate
The crime rate in Opelika is 6.2%. Opelika receives an overall crime score of 1 out of 10. Crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population.
City:
Opelika
Violent Crime:
188
Property Crime:
1,622
Population:
29,201
Total:
1,810
Violent Crime
2/10
Score
0.64%
Violent Crime Rate
The violent crime rate in Opelika is 0.64%. Opelika receives an overall crime score of 2 out of 10. Violent crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported violent crimes (murder, robbery, and assault) by the total population.
City:
Opelika
Murder:
1
Robbery:
34
Assault:
142
Total:
188

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Property Crime
1/10
Score
5.55%
Property Crime Rate
The property crime rate in Opelika is 5.55%. Opelika receives an overall property crime score of 1 out of 10. Property crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported property crimes (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson) by the total population.
City:
Opelika
Burglary:
289
Larceny:
1,245
Vehicle Theft:
88
Arson:
0
Total:
1,622

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