Allentown cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each 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.
IndexAllentownNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index125127100
IndexAllentownNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index113114100
Groceries index102104100
Health care index102100100
Housing index162166100
Transportation index106107100
Utilities index109110100

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  • The cost of living in Allentown is 2% lower than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Allentown is 25% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Allentown is 62% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey state income tax is 37% 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$113,884$9,490$2,657$3,417
Renters$42,500$3,542$992$1,275

New Jersey Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New Jersey7%7%

New Jersey Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New Jersey1.4%8.97%

Goods & Services

ItemAllentownNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.80$15.5627.2%
Beauty Salon $31.53$36.1112.7%
Toothpaste $2.04$2.4717.4%
Shampoo $0.96$0.960.9%
Movie $12.25$10.1321.0%
Bowling $4.44$4.746.3%

Groceries

ItemAllentownNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.72$3.986.7%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.411.2%
Milk $2.35$2.0613.9%
Potatoes $2.76$2.987.6%
Pizza $8.16$9.4713.8%
Beer $9.12$8.793.7%

Health Care

ItemAllentownNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.60$101.043.5%
Doctor $88.87$107.4417.3%
Dentist $110.17$90.4221.8%
Ibuprofen $8.59$9.287.4%
Lipitor $389.54$426.508.7%

Housing

ItemAllentownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $313,000.00$175,700.0078.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,533.70$1,133.2335.3%
Apartment Rent $1,132.00$920.0023.0%

Transportation

ItemAllentownNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.92$1.993.6%
Tire Balancing $59.07$45.7629.1%

Utilities

ItemAllentownNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$168.73$163.813.0%
Phone $33.50$28.3918.0%
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.
Pine Ridge at Crestwood, NJ2,23992-8%
Rossmoor, NJ2,81498-2%
Trenton, NJ84,45999-1%
Burlington, NJ9,8651088%
Roebling, NJ3,8611099%
Allentown, NJ1,82812525%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Kent Acres, DE1,8281044%
Bay Springs, MS1,82877-23%
Crane, MO1,82881-19%
Mount Holly Springs, PA1,82893-7%
Carnation, WA1,83013939%
Allentown, NJ1,82812525%
Source: The Allentown, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.