Burlington 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.
IndexBurlingtonVermontNational
Cost of living index119113100
IndexBurlingtonVermontNational
Goods & Services index106106100
Groceries index109109100
Health care index107107100
Housing index135115100
Transportation index128128100
Utilities index123123100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Burlington, VT. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Burlington, VT being 119, that puts it 5% higher than the average of Vermont and 19% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Burlington, VT, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of Vermont as well as 6% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Burlington is 5% higher than the Vermont average.
  • The cost of living in Burlington is 19% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Burlington is 35% 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Burlington, VT to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Burlington, VT, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Burlington, VT salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$77,292$6,441$1,803$2,319
Renters$28,360$2,363$662$851
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Burlington, VT, 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 Burlington, VT homeowners have a median income of $77,292. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,803 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $28,360, which means there is a maximum of $662 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Vermont Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Vermont6%7%

Vermont Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Vermont3.55%8.95%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Burlington, VT is the Vermont sales tax and Vermont income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Vermont sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 7%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Vermont income tax rates range from 3.55% to 8.95%.

Goods & Services

ItemBurlingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.12$14.5931.0%
Beauty Salon $45.50$34.6831.2%
Toothpaste $2.09$2.4715.5%
Shampoo $1.09$1.026.7%
Movie $10.53$9.876.7%
Bowling $4.67$4.396.3%

Groceries

ItemBurlingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.56$4.481.9%
Fried Chicken $1.84$1.4625.7%
Milk $2.79$2.3618.4%
Potatoes $3.99$3.0630.3%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.74$8.631.2%

Health Care

ItemBurlingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $128.10$99.7828.4%
Doctor $113.84$105.038.4%
Dentist $94.00$88.706.0%
Ibuprofen $9.66$9.412.6%
Lipitor $311.23$298.504.3%

Housing

ItemBurlingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $256,700.00$175,700.0046.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,714.70$1,081.0358.6%
Apartment Rent $1,011.00$920.009.9%

Transportation

ItemBurlingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.68$2.0928.1%
Tire Balancing $58.28$45.2928.7%

Utilities

ItemBurlingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$234.61$170.8037.4%
Phone $28.84$28.262.1%
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.
Parc, NY17511212%
Plattsburgh West, NY1,46292-8%
Keeseville, NY1,98696-4%
Willsboro, NY67696-4%
Plattsburgh, NY19,8401033%
Burlington, VT42,34211919%

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Cleveland, TN42,33189-11%
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Salem, MA42,32113535%
Dublin, OH42,37811717%
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA42,282209109%
Burlington, VT42,34211919%
Source: The Burlington, VT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.