Butler 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.
IndexButlerNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index130127100
IndexButlerNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index114114100
Groceries index106104100
Health care index100100100
Housing index177166100
Transportation index107107100
Utilities index109110100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Butler, NJ cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Butler, NJ is 130, which is 3% higher than the New Jersey average and 30% 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 Butler, NJ are equal to the New Jersey average and 14% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Butler is 3% higher than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Butler is 30% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Butler is 77% 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)
Owners$106,250$8,854$2,479$3,188
Renters$54,201$4,517$1,265$1,626
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Butler, 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 Butler, NJ have a median income of $106,250. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,479 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $54,201, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,265.

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%
For those who live in Butler, NJ and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the New Jersey income tax rate and the New Jersey 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 New Jersey, the sales tax is 7%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7%. 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 New Jersey, the income tax rate ranges between 1.4% to 8.97%.

Goods & Services

ItemButlerNational avg.Difference
Haircut $21.07$15.5635.3%
Beauty Salon $37.27$36.113.2%
Toothpaste $2.00$2.4719.2%
Shampoo $0.99$0.962.6%
Movie $12.15$10.1320.0%
Bowling $4.22$4.7411.0%

Groceries

ItemButlerNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.70$3.987.2%
Fried Chicken $1.60$1.4113.9%
Milk $2.41$2.0616.8%
Potatoes $2.72$2.988.7%
Pizza $8.23$9.4713.1%
Beer $8.92$8.791.5%

Health Care

ItemButlerNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $114.67$101.0413.5%
Doctor $97.00$107.449.7%
Dentist $100.58$90.4211.2%
Ibuprofen $8.64$9.286.9%
Lipitor $377.50$426.5011.5%

Housing

ItemButlerNational avg.Difference
Home Price $345,900.00$175,700.0096.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,788.76$1,133.2357.8%
Apartment Rent $1,193.00$920.0029.7%

Transportation

ItemButlerNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.95$1.992.3%
Tire Balancing $58.03$45.7626.8%

Utilities

ItemButlerNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$168.80$163.813.0%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Vernon Center, NJ2,0111088%
Sussex, NJ2,07011212%
Victory Gardens, NJ1,64611212%
Franklin, NJ4,99411313%
Hamburg, NJ3,22511414%
Butler, NJ7,63613030%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Collinsville, VA7,63281-19%
Gettysburg, PA7,6321022%
Sandston, VA7,63194-6%
Rhinelander, WI7,64284-16%
Monessen, PA7,63081-19%
Butler, NJ7,63613030%
Source: The Butler, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.