Catasauqua 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.
Cost of living index107102100
Goods & Services index115103100
Groceries index117105100
Health care index9997100
Housing index8793100
Transportation index117112100
Utilities index121112100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Catasauqua, PA is displayed above. In Catasauqua, PA, the overall cost of living index is 107, which is 5% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 7% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Catasauqua, PA, the city's goods and services are 11% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 15% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Catasauqua is 5% higher than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Catasauqua is 7% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Catasauqua is 13% lower than the national average.
  • Pennsylvania general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Pennsylvania state income tax is 38% higher 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)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Catasauqua, PA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Catasauqua, PA, the median monthly income is $72,783 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,698 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $38,781, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $905 on monthly rental expenses.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

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Pennsylvania Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Catasauqua, PA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Pennsylvania, as well as the rate for income tax in Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania is 8%, and the sales tax in the state of Pennsylvania is 6%. 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 Pennsylvania starts from 3.07% and goes up to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemCatasauquaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $52.00$34.6849.9%
Toothpaste $2.36$2.474.6%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $10.75$9.878.9%
Bowling $5.04$4.3914.8%


ItemCatasauquaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.74$4.485.9%
Fried Chicken $1.69$1.4615.4%
Milk $2.25$2.364.5%
Potatoes $3.49$3.0614.0%
Pizza $10.74$9.2416.2%
Beer $8.39$8.632.8%

Health Care

ItemCatasauquaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $106.00$99.786.2%
Doctor $118.75$105.0313.1%
Dentist $95.00$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $9.89$9.415.1%
Lipitor $200.00$298.5033.0%


ItemCatasauquaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $151,800.00$175,700.0013.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,419.25$1,081.0331.3%
Apartment Rent $818.00$920.0011.1%


ItemCatasauquaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.46$2.0917.6%
Tire Balancing $52.00$45.2914.8%


ItemCatasauquaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$186.98$170.809.5%
Phone $38.50$28.2636.3%
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.

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Catasauqua, PA6,4771077%

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Source: The Catasauqua, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.