Arlington 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.
IndexArlingtonNew YorkNational
Cost of living index124122100
IndexArlingtonNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index126112100
Groceries index122103100
Health care index115104100
Housing index128149100
Transportation index100122100
Utilities index132102100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Arlington, NY cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Arlington, NY is 124, which is 1% higher than the New York average and 24% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Arlington, NY are 12% higher than the New York average and 26% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Arlington is 1% higher than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in Arlington is 24% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Arlington is 28% higher than the national average.
  • New York general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • New York state income tax is 80% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Arlington, NY to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Arlington, NY, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Arlington, NY salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Arlington, NY, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Arlington, NY homeowners have a median income of $88,368. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,062 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $35,370, which means there is a maximum of $825 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

New York Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New York4%8.875%

New York Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New York4%8.82%
For those who live in Arlington, NY and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the New York income tax rate and the New York sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In New York, the sales tax is 4%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8.875%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in New York, the income tax rate ranges between 4% to 8.82%.

Goods & Services

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.00$14.5937.0%
Beauty Salon $67.50$34.6894.6%
Toothpaste $4.04$2.4763.3%
Shampoo $0.88$1.0213.9%
Movie $14.75$9.8749.5%
Bowling $7.94$4.3980.8%


ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.99$4.4810.9%
Fried Chicken $1.04$1.4629.0%
Milk $2.26$2.364.1%
Potatoes $3.92$3.0628.0%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $9.82$8.6313.8%

Health Care

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $111.67$99.7811.9%
Doctor $123.75$105.0317.8%
Dentist $110.00$88.7024.0%
Ibuprofen $10.33$9.419.8%
Lipitor $299.00$298.500.2%


ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $234,300.00$175,700.0033.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,127.00$1,081.0396.8%
Apartment Rent $1,058.00$920.0015.0%


ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.06$2.091.5%
Tire Balancing $47.99$45.296.0%


ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$262.56$170.8053.7%
Phone $29.01$28.262.7%
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.
Newburgh, NY28,61411616%
Rosendale Hamlet, NY1,49597-3%
Port Ewen, NY3,39311010%
Wappingers Falls, NY5,37711919%
Poughkeepsie, NY30,71612020%
Arlington, NY4,03312424%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Wadena, MN4,03389-11%
Cold Spring, MN4,03395-5%
Sinking Spring, PA4,0331044%
Redwood, TX4,03477-23%
Jourdanton, TX4,03479-21%
Arlington, NY4,03312424%
Source: The Arlington, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.