Berwick 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.
IndexBerwickPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index91100100
IndexBerwickPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index9999100
Groceries index103102100
Health care index7590100
Housing index6293100
Transportation index113109100
Utilities index118115100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Berwick, PA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Berwick, PA enjoy a cost of living index of 91. This index is 9% lower than the Pennsylvania average, and 9% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Berwick, PA, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in Pennsylvania, and it is 1% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Berwick is 9% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Berwick is 9% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Berwick is 38% 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)
Owners$52,427$4,369$1,223$1,573
Renters$27,962$2,330$652$839
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Berwick, PA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Berwick, PA homeowners, is $52,427. This would allow for a maximum of $1,223 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $27,962 which would result in a maximum of $652 to be spent on rental costs.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Berwick, PA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Pennsylvania, as well as the rate for income tax in Pennsylvania. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Pennsylvania is 8%, and the sales tax in the state of Pennsylvania is 6%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Pennsylvania starts from 3.07% and goes up to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemBerwickNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.94$15.564.0%
Beauty Salon $28.92$36.1119.9%
Toothpaste $2.50$2.471.0%
Shampoo $0.97$0.960.5%
Movie $9.89$10.132.4%
Bowling $5.20$4.749.8%

Groceries

ItemBerwickNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.68$3.987.7%
Fried Chicken $1.40$1.410.7%
Milk $1.77$2.0614.2%
Potatoes $3.22$2.988.1%
Pizza $8.94$9.475.6%
Beer $9.21$8.794.8%

Health Care

ItemBerwickNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $69.07$101.0431.6%
Doctor $65.78$107.4438.8%
Dentist $59.17$90.4234.6%
Ibuprofen $9.00$9.283.0%
Lipitor $436.05$426.502.2%

Housing

ItemBerwickNational avg.Difference
Home Price $96,000.00$175,700.0045.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,147.79$1,133.231.3%
Apartment Rent $716.00$920.0022.2%

Transportation

ItemBerwickNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.20$1.9910.2%
Tire Balancing $55.18$45.7620.6%

Utilities

ItemBerwickNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$194.54$163.8118.8%
Phone $33.24$28.3917.1%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Delano, PA38982-18%
Oneida, PA16285-15%
Glen Lyon, PA1,71986-14%
Shickshinny, PA70086-14%
Catawissa, PA1,53088-12%
Berwick, PA10,39891-9%

Cities with similar population

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Marlton, NJ10,39711919%
Columbia, PA10,39991-9%
Nanticoke, PA10,39589-11%
Manchester, VA10,40299-1%
Del Aire, CA10,40614949%
Berwick, PA10,39891-9%
Source: The Berwick, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.