Birdsboro 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 index103100100
Goods & Services index11099100
Groceries index108102100
Health care index10190100
Housing index9393100
Transportation index99109100
Utilities index109115100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Birdsboro, PA is displayed above. In Birdsboro, PA, the overall cost of living index is 103, which is 3% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 3% 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 Birdsboro, PA, the city's goods and services are 11% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 10% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Birdsboro is 3% higher than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Birdsboro is 3% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Birdsboro is 7% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Birdsboro, PA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Birdsboro, PA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Birdsboro, PA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Birdsboro, PA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Birdsboro, PA, the median monthly income is $75,490 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,761 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $30,833, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $719 on monthly rental expenses.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

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Pennsylvania Income Tax

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The Pennsylvania sales tax and Pennsylvania income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Birdsboro, 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

ItemBirdsboroNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.58$15.5619.2%
Beauty Salon $39.00$36.118.0%
Toothpaste $2.96$2.4719.6%
Shampoo $1.03$0.966.7%
Movie $11.70$10.1315.5%
Bowling $4.67$4.741.4%


ItemBirdsboroNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.88$3.9822.4%
Fried Chicken $1.78$1.4126.3%
Milk $2.03$2.061.6%
Potatoes $3.77$2.9826.5%
Pizza $9.61$9.471.4%
Beer $9.66$8.799.8%

Health Care

ItemBirdsboroNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $127.50$101.0426.2%
Doctor $83.94$107.4421.9%
Dentist $98.50$90.428.9%
Ibuprofen $9.59$9.283.3%
Lipitor $442.05$426.503.6%


ItemBirdsboroNational avg.Difference
Home Price $160,400.00$175,700.008.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,226.29$1,133.238.2%
Apartment Rent $878.00$920.004.6%


ItemBirdsboroNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.93$1.993.1%
Tire Balancing $47.78$45.764.4%


ItemBirdsboroNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$184.77$163.8112.8%
Phone $29.95$28.395.5%
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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Hereford, PA70982-18%
Reading, PA88,05190-10%
Walnuttown, PA37097-3%
Baumstown, PA46595-5%
Alsace Manor, PA28599-1%
Birdsboro, PA5,1581033%

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Birdsboro, PA5,1581033%
Source: The Birdsboro, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.