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.
Cost of living index105102100
Goods & Services index115103100
Groceries index117105100
Health care index9997100
Housing index8093100
Transportation index117112100
Utilities index121112100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Allentown, PA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Allentown, PA being 105, that puts it 3% higher than the average of Pennsylvania and 5% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Allentown, PA, the price of goods and services are 11% higher than the average of Pennsylvania as well as 15% higher than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Allentown is 3% higher than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Allentown is 5% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Allentown is 20% lower than the national average.
  • Pennsylvania general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Pennsylvania state income tax is 38% higher 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)
The affordability of the housing market in Allentown, PA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Allentown, PA homeowners, the median income is $55,293. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,290 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $25,049. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $584 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

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Pennsylvania Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Allentown, PA is the Pennsylvania sales tax and Pennsylvania income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Pennsylvania sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 8%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Pennsylvania income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemAllentownNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $52.00$34.6849.9%
Toothpaste $2.36$2.474.6%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $10.75$9.878.9%
Bowling $5.04$4.3914.8%


ItemAllentownNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.74$4.485.9%
Fried Chicken $1.69$1.4615.4%
Milk $2.25$2.364.5%
Potatoes $3.49$3.0614.0%
Pizza $10.74$9.2416.2%
Beer $8.39$8.632.8%

Health Care

ItemAllentownNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $106.00$99.786.2%
Doctor $118.75$105.0313.1%
Dentist $95.00$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $9.89$9.415.1%
Lipitor $200.00$298.5033.0%


ItemAllentownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $128,700.00$175,700.0026.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,419.25$1,081.0331.3%
Apartment Rent $882.00$920.004.1%


ItemAllentownNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.46$2.0917.6%
Tire Balancing $52.00$45.2914.8%


ItemAllentownNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$186.98$170.809.5%
Phone $38.50$28.2636.3%
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.

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Slatington, PA4,25899-1%
Dryville, PA7291044%
Allentown, PA118,7931055%

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Athens, GA118,51492-8%
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Santa Clara, CA119,52517575%
Victorville, CA119,6031044%
Allentown, PA118,7931055%
Source: The Allentown, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.