Buffalo 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.
IndexBuffaloNew YorkNational
Cost of living index79122100
IndexBuffaloNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index85112100
Groceries index88103100
Health care index89104100
Housing index48150100
Transportation index117122100
Utilities index101102100

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  • The cost of living in Buffalo is 35% lower than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in Buffalo is 21% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Buffalo is 52% lower than the national average.
  • New York general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • New York state income tax is 80% higher than the national average.

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New York Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New York4%8.875%

New York Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New York4%8.82%

Goods & Services

ItemBuffaloNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.78$14.591.3%
Beauty Salon $24.99$34.6827.9%
Toothpaste $1.49$2.4739.8%
Shampoo $0.87$1.0214.9%
Movie $10.62$9.877.6%
Bowling $2.90$4.3934.0%

Groceries

ItemBuffaloNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.74$4.4816.5%
Fried Chicken $1.14$1.4622.1%
Milk $1.82$2.3622.8%
Potatoes $2.19$3.0628.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $7.73$8.6310.5%

Health Care

ItemBuffaloNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $55.25$99.7844.6%
Doctor $80.50$105.0323.4%
Dentist $78.80$88.7011.2%
Ibuprofen $7.98$9.4115.2%
Lipitor $335.79$298.5012.5%

Housing

ItemBuffaloNational avg.Difference
Home Price $66,700.00$181,400.0063.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,155.06$1,081.036.8%
Apartment Rent $672.00$889.0024.4%

Transportation

ItemBuffaloNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.74$2.0931.2%
Tire Balancing $35.11$45.2922.5%

Utilities

ItemBuffaloNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$177.83$170.804.1%
Phone $27.50$28.262.7%
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.
Niagara Falls, NY50,21479-21%
Sloan, NY3,64980-20%
Lackawanna, NY18,11680-20%
Blasdell, NY2,55982-18%
North Tonawanda, NY31,49883-17%
Buffalo, NY261,95579-21%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Plano, TX263,12211212%
Lincoln, NE259,21892-8%
Henderson, NV258,27011414%
Fort Wayne, IN253,61783-17%
Greensboro, NC270,61992-8%
Buffalo, NY261,95579-21%
Source: The Buffalo, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.