Blakely 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 index95102100
Goods & Services index100103100
Groceries index104105100
Health care index11297100
Housing index7693100
Transportation index123112100
Utilities index91112100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Blakely, PA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Blakely, PA enjoy a cost of living index of 95. This index is 7% lower than the Pennsylvania average, and 5% 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 Blakely, PA, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in Pennsylvania, and it is equal to the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Blakely is 7% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Blakely is 5% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Blakely is 24% 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

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Blakely, PA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Blakely, PA have a median income of $47,175. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,101 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $17,301, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $404.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

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Pennsylvania Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Blakely, 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

ItemBlakelyNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.75$14.597.9%
Beauty Salon $34.25$34.681.2%
Toothpaste $3.08$2.4724.5%
Shampoo $1.51$1.0247.7%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $4.00$4.398.9%


ItemBlakelyNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.41$4.481.5%
Fried Chicken $1.62$1.4610.7%
Milk $1.90$2.3619.4%
Potatoes $3.24$3.065.8%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.59$8.6311.1%

Health Care

ItemBlakelyNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $109.00$99.789.2%
Doctor $143.69$105.0336.8%
Dentist $87.00$88.701.9%
Ibuprofen $9.48$9.410.7%
Lipitor $320.90$298.507.5%


ItemBlakelyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $140,900.00$175,700.0019.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,281.68$1,081.0318.6%
Apartment Rent $622.00$920.0032.4%


ItemBlakelyNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.63$2.0926.0%
Tire Balancing $51.93$45.2914.7%


ItemBlakelyNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$179.24$170.804.9%
Phone $19.99$28.2629.3%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Eagle Lake, PA01099%
Carbondale, PA8,84389-11%
Pittston, PA7,70293-7%
Forest City, PA2,06890-10%
Plains, PA4,02094-6%
Blakely, PA6,53495-5%

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Blakely, PA6,53495-5%
Source: The Blakely, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.