Caldwell 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.
IndexCaldwellNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index141131100
IndexCaldwellNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index115118100
Groceries index106116100
Health care index107111100
Housing index212166100
Transportation index111118100
Utilities index98110100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Caldwell, NJ is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Caldwell, NJ enjoy a cost of living index of 141. This index is 7% higher than the New Jersey average, and 41% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Caldwell, NJ, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in New Jersey, and it is 15% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Caldwell is 7% higher than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Caldwell is 41% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Caldwell is 112% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Caldwell, NJ to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Caldwell, NJ, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Caldwell, NJ salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$102,117$8,510$2,383$3,064
Renters$48,451$4,038$1,130$1,454
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Caldwell, NJ, 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 Caldwell, NJ homeowners have a median income of $102,117. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,383 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $48,451, which means there is a maximum of $1,130 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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 you are determining the total cost of living in Caldwell, NJ you will want to make sure you consider both the New Jersey sales tax and the New Jersey income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in New Jersey is 7%, with the highest surtax being 7%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in New Jersey have a range from 1.4% to 8.97%.

Goods & Services

ItemCaldwellNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.00$14.5930.2%
Beauty Salon $33.75$34.682.7%
Toothpaste $2.29$2.477.4%
Shampoo $1.00$1.022.2%
Movie $11.70$9.8718.6%
Bowling $4.55$4.393.6%

Groceries

ItemCaldwellNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.39$4.481.9%
Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4635.9%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.39$3.0610.7%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.19$8.636.5%

Health Care

ItemCaldwellNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $91.25$99.788.5%
Doctor $90.00$105.0314.3%
Dentist $107.25$88.7020.9%
Ibuprofen $9.49$9.410.8%
Lipitor $341.01$298.5014.2%

Housing

ItemCaldwellNational avg.Difference
Home Price $424,500.00$175,700.00141.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,790.20$1,081.0365.6%
Apartment Rent $1,317.00$920.0043.2%

Transportation

ItemCaldwellNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.17$2.093.7%
Tire Balancing $59.16$45.2930.6%

Utilities

ItemCaldwellNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.41$170.806.7%
Phone $29.75$28.265.3%
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.
Victory Gardens, NJ1,64611212%
East Orange, NJ64,53811313%
Newark, NJ278,75011414%
Roselle, NJ21,34811414%
Silver Lake, NJ3,59412323%
Caldwell, NJ7,86414141%

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Conshohocken, PA7,86412727%
Mansfield Center, MA7,86113131%
West Haven-Sylvan, OR7,86113737%
Waikele, HI7,86816767%
Colonie, NY7,86911313%
Caldwell, NJ7,86414141%
Source: The Caldwell, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.