Ambler 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.
IndexAmblerPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index121102100
IndexAmblerPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index115103100
Groceries index117105100
Health care index9997100
Housing index13493100
Transportation index117112100
Utilities index121112100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Ambler, PA is displayed above. In Ambler, PA, the overall cost of living index is 121, which is 19% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 21% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Ambler, PA, the city's goods and services are 11% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 15% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Ambler is 19% higher than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Ambler is 21% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Ambler is 34% higher 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)
Owners$90,040$7,503$2,101$2,701
Renters$32,025$2,669$747$961
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Ambler, PA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Ambler, PA has a median income of about $90,040 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,101 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $32,025. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $747 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
The Pennsylvania sales tax and Pennsylvania income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Ambler, PA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Pennsylvania sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 8%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Pennsylvania income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemAmblerNational 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%

Groceries

ItemAmblerNational 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

ItemAmblerNational 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%

Housing

ItemAmblerNational avg.Difference
Home Price $254,600.00$175,700.0044.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,419.25$1,081.0331.3%
Apartment Rent $1,000.00$920.008.7%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemAmblerNational 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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Arcadia University, PA62311515%
Eagleville, PA2921000%
Millbourne, PA1,2911044%
East Lansdowne, PA2,6701066%
Philadelphia, PA1,546,9201077%
Ambler, PA6,48112121%

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Source: The Ambler, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.