Bristol 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.
IndexBristolPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index111102100
IndexBristolPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index115103100
Groceries index117105100
Health care index9997100
Housing index10293100
Transportation index117112100
Utilities index121112100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Bristol, PA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Bristol, PA is 111, which is 9% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 11% 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 Bristol, PA are 11% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 15% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Bristol is 9% higher than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Bristol is 11% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bristol is 2% higher 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$61,677$5,140$1,439$1,850
Renters$26,190$2,183$611$786
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Bristol, PA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Bristol, PA homeowners have a median income of $61,677. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,439 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $26,190, which means there is a maximum of $611 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
For those who live in Bristol, PA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Pennsylvania income tax rate and the Pennsylvania sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Pennsylvania, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Pennsylvania, the income tax rate ranges between 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemBristolNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $52.00$34.6849.9%
Toothpaste $2.36$2.474.6%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $10.75$9.878.9%
Bowling $5.04$4.3914.8%

Groceries

ItemBristolNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.74$4.485.9%
Fried Chicken $1.69$1.4615.4%
Milk $2.25$2.364.5%
Potatoes $3.49$3.0614.0%
Pizza $10.74$9.2416.2%
Beer $8.39$8.632.8%

Health Care

ItemBristolNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $106.00$99.786.2%
Doctor $118.75$105.0313.1%
Dentist $95.00$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $9.89$9.415.1%
Lipitor $200.00$298.5033.0%

Housing

ItemBristolNational avg.Difference
Home Price $186,700.00$175,700.006.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,419.25$1,081.0331.3%
Apartment Rent $853.00$920.007.3%

Transportation

ItemBristolNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.46$2.0917.6%
Tire Balancing $52.00$45.2914.8%

Utilities

ItemBristolNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$186.98$170.809.5%
Phone $38.50$28.2636.3%
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.
Audubon Park, NJ1,05196-4%
Camden, NJ77,294100-0%
Trenton, NJ84,459100-0%
Woodlynne, NJ2,9721066%
Gloucester City, NJ11,3921077%
Bristol, PA9,65711111%

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Lake Morton-Berrydale, WA9,65412727%
Madera Acres, CA9,6531099%
Maywood, NJ9,65114949%
Waihee-Waiehu, HI9,66316565%
Rodeo, CA9,64813131%
Bristol, PA9,65711111%
Source: The Bristol, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.