Brookdale 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.
IndexBrookdaleNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index133127100
IndexBrookdaleNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index116114100
Groceries index105104100
Health care index97100100
Housing index187166100
Transportation index107107100
Utilities index113110100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Brookdale, NJ is shown above. Compared to the state average of New Jersey the cost of living index in Brookdale, NJ is 133, which is 5% higher than the average in New Jersey and compared to the national average it is 33% higher 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 Brookdale, NJ goods and services come in at 1% higher than the average in New Jersey and are 16% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Brookdale is 5% higher than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Brookdale is 33% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Brookdale is 87% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey state income tax is 37% lower 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)
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Brookdale, NJ 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 Brookdale, NJ have a median income of $114,407. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,669 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $70,600, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,647.

New Jersey Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New Jersey7%7%

New Jersey Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New Jersey1.4%8.97%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Brookdale, NJ, it's important to take into account the sales tax for New Jersey, as well as the rate for income tax in New Jersey. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for New Jersey is 7%, and the sales tax in the state of New Jersey is 7%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in New Jersey starts from 1.4% and goes up to 8.97%.

Goods & Services

ItemBrookdaleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.93$15.5628.1%
Beauty Salon $33.60$36.116.9%
Toothpaste $2.13$2.4714.0%
Shampoo $0.98$0.961.2%
Movie $12.17$10.1320.1%
Bowling $4.51$4.744.8%


ItemBrookdaleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.71$3.986.9%
Fried Chicken $1.53$1.418.7%
Milk $2.36$2.0614.5%
Potatoes $2.82$2.985.3%
Pizza $8.16$9.4713.8%
Beer $8.79$8.790.0%

Health Care

ItemBrookdaleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $97.00$101.044.0%
Doctor $88.67$107.4417.5%
Dentist $100.22$90.4210.8%
Ibuprofen $8.82$9.284.9%
Lipitor $392.56$426.508.0%


ItemBrookdaleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $361,100.00$175,700.00105.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,696.27$1,133.2349.7%
Apartment Rent $1,308.00$920.0042.2%


ItemBrookdaleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.93$1.993.0%
Tire Balancing $58.47$45.7627.8%


ItemBrookdaleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$178.78$163.819.1%
Phone $33.50$28.3918.0%
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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East Orange, NJ64,53811313%
Newark, NJ278,75011515%
Roselle, NJ21,34811515%
Silver Lake, NJ3,59411919%
Paterson, NJ146,34111919%
Brookdale, NJ9,70613333%

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Progress, PA9,71798-2%
Monticello, AR9,71886-14%
Brookdale, NJ9,70613333%
Source: The Brookdale, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.