Colonie 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.
IndexColonieNew YorkNational
Cost of living index113122100
IndexColonieNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index118112100
Groceries index99103100
Health care index101104100
Housing index119149100
Transportation index115122100
Utilities index96102100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Colonie, NY cost of living index. Compared to other cities in New York and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Colonie, NY is 113, which is 7% lower than the New York average and 13% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Colonie, NY are 5% higher than the average for New York and 18% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Colonie is 7% lower than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in Colonie is 13% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Colonie is 19% higher 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Colonie, NY 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 Colonie, NY, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Colonie, NY 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$79,978$6,665$1,866$2,400
Renters$65,707$5,476$1,533$1,971
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Colonie, NY, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Colonie, NY has a median income of about $79,978 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,866 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $65,707. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,533 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Colonie, NY, it's important to take into account the sales tax for New York, as well as the rate for income tax in New York. 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 New York is 8.875%, and the sales tax in the state of New York is 4%. 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 New York starts from 4% and goes up to 8.82%.

Goods & Services

ItemColonieNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.40$14.595.5%
Beauty Salon $38.00$34.689.6%
Toothpaste $1.73$2.4730.1%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $11.35$9.8715.0%
Bowling $3.98$4.399.4%

Groceries

ItemColonieNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.23$4.485.5%
Fried Chicken $1.41$1.463.7%
Milk $2.35$2.360.3%
Potatoes $3.79$3.0623.8%
Pizza $8.49$9.248.1%
Beer $9.69$8.6312.2%

Health Care

ItemColonieNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $92.40$99.787.4%
Doctor $103.80$105.031.2%
Dentist $96.20$88.708.5%
Ibuprofen $9.23$9.411.9%
Lipitor $282.61$298.505.3%

Housing

ItemColonieNational avg.Difference
Home Price $200,400.00$175,700.0014.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,315.97$1,081.0321.7%
Apartment Rent $1,214.00$920.0032.0%

Transportation

ItemColonieNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.48$2.0918.4%
Tire Balancing $47.98$45.296.0%

Utilities

ItemColonieNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$174.50$170.802.2%
Phone $24.95$28.2611.7%
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.
Schenectady, NY66,05599-1%
Green Island, NY2,6121011%
Watervliet, NY10,2501011%
Troy, NY49,9651022%
Nassau, NY1,1031022%
Colonie, NY7,86911313%

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Conshohocken, PA7,86412727%
Caldwell, NJ7,86414141%
Winsted, CT7,87611414%
Colonie, NY7,86911313%
Source: The Colonie, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.