Brattleboro 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.
IndexBrattleboroVermontNational
Cost of living index108113100
IndexBrattleboroVermontNational
Goods & Services index101110100
Groceries index99108100
Health care index121105100
Housing index108115100
Transportation index110117100
Utilities index135122100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Brattleboro, VT cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Brattleboro, VT is 108, which is 4% lower than the Vermont average and 8% 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 Brattleboro, VT are 8% lower than the Vermont average and 1% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Brattleboro is 4% lower than the Vermont average.
  • The cost of living in Brattleboro is 8% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Brattleboro is 8% higher than the national average.
  • Vermont general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Vermont state income tax is 60% 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$64,627$5,386$1,508$1,939
Renters$33,869$2,822$790$1,016
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Brattleboro, VT 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 Brattleboro, VT homeowners, is $64,627. This would allow for a maximum of $1,508 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $33,869 which would result in a maximum of $790 to be spent on rental costs.

Vermont Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Vermont6%7%

Vermont Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Vermont3.55%8.95%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Brattleboro, VT you will want to make sure you consider both the Vermont sales tax and the Vermont 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 Vermont is 6%, with the highest surtax being 7%. 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 Vermont have a range from 3.55% to 8.95%.

Goods & Services

ItemBrattleboroNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.46$15.567.1%
Beauty Salon $28.96$36.1119.8%
Toothpaste $2.35$2.474.8%
Shampoo $1.07$0.9610.4%
Movie $8.73$10.1313.8%
Bowling $3.03$4.7436.1%

Groceries

ItemBrattleboroNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.60$3.989.7%
Fried Chicken $1.18$1.4116.0%
Milk $1.92$2.066.8%
Potatoes $3.01$2.980.9%
Pizza $12.77$9.4734.8%
Beer $10.23$8.7916.3%

Health Care

ItemBrattleboroNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $116.21$101.0415.0%
Doctor $137.23$107.4427.7%
Dentist $121.19$90.4234.0%
Ibuprofen $9.82$9.285.8%
Lipitor $415.66$426.502.5%

Housing

ItemBrattleboroNational avg.Difference
Home Price $202,800.00$175,700.0015.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,197.33$1,133.235.7%
Apartment Rent $844.00$920.008.3%

Transportation

ItemBrattleboroNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.91$1.994.3%
Tire Balancing $65.56$45.7643.3%

Utilities

ItemBrattleboroNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$236.54$163.8144.4%
Phone $34.95$28.3923.1%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Hinsdale, NH1,7321011%
West Brattleboro, VT2,7581033%
West Swanzey, NH1,3531044%
Winchester, NH1,6831055%
Putney, VT4771077%
Brattleboro, VT7,1321088%

Cities with similar population

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Vandenberg Village, CA7,13312828%
Salem, IL7,13582-18%
Delafield, WI7,13612222%
Wetumpka, AL7,13691-9%
Independence, OH7,1361055%
Brattleboro, VT7,1321088%
Source: The Brattleboro, VT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.