Bethel Park 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.
IndexBethel ParkPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index99102100
IndexBethel ParkPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index97103100
Groceries index100105100
Health care index9597100
Housing index9293100
Transportation index120112100
Utilities index108112100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Bethel Park, PA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Pennsylvania the cost of living index in Bethel Park, PA is 99, which is 3% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and compared to the national average it is 1% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Bethel Park, PA goods and services come in at 6% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and are 3% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Bethel Park is 3% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Bethel Park is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bethel Park is 8% 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$79,230$6,603$1,849$2,377
Renters$39,960$3,330$932$1,199
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 Bethel Park, 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. Bethel Park, PA has a median income of about $79,230 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,849 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $39,960. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $932 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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Bethel Park, PA you will want to make sure you consider both the Pennsylvania sales tax and the Pennsylvania income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Pennsylvania is 6%, with the highest surtax being 8%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Pennsylvania have a range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemBethel ParkNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.25$14.599.2%
Beauty Salon $37.49$34.688.1%
Toothpaste $1.74$2.4729.6%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $8.65$9.8712.3%
Bowling $3.95$4.3910.1%

Groceries

ItemBethel ParkNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.89$4.489.2%
Fried Chicken $1.72$1.4617.5%
Milk $2.04$2.3613.4%
Potatoes $3.49$3.0614.0%
Pizza $8.70$9.245.9%
Beer $9.99$8.6315.7%

Health Care

ItemBethel ParkNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $87.00$99.7812.8%
Doctor $89.83$105.0314.5%
Dentist $82.00$88.707.6%
Ibuprofen $9.92$9.415.4%
Lipitor $325.87$298.509.2%

Housing

ItemBethel ParkNational avg.Difference
Home Price $158,700.00$175,700.009.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $963.99$1,081.0310.8%
Apartment Rent $875.00$920.004.9%

Transportation

ItemBethel ParkNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.56$2.0922.4%
Tire Balancing $51.54$45.2913.8%

Utilities

ItemBethel ParkNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$200.47$170.8017.4%
Phone $26.50$28.266.2%
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.
Westland, PA881022%
Naomi, PA611022%
Rankin, PA2,14279-21%
Braddock, PA2,03080-20%
North Braddock, PA4,84781-19%
Bethel Park, PA32,33899-1%

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Bethel Park, PA32,33899-1%
Source: The Bethel Park, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.