Denver 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.
IndexDenverPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index99100100
IndexDenverPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index10099100
Groceries index97102100
Health care index9090100
Housing index9593100
Transportation index100109100
Utilities index113115100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Denver, PA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Pennsylvania the cost of living index in Denver, PA is 99, which is 1% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and compared to the national average it is 1% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Denver, PA goods and services come in at 2% higher than the average in Pennsylvania and are equal to compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Denver is 1% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Denver is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Denver is 5% 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)
Owners$68,026$5,669$1,587$2,041
Renters$31,638$2,637$738$949
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Denver, PA, 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 Denver, PA homeowners have a median income of $68,026. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,587 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $31,638, which means there is a maximum of $738 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Denver, 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

ItemDenverNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.00$15.5616.5%
Beauty Salon $30.83$36.1114.6%
Toothpaste $2.25$2.479.0%
Shampoo $0.98$0.961.9%
Movie $9.11$10.1310.0%
Bowling $4.30$4.749.1%

Groceries

ItemDenverNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.32$3.988.5%
Fried Chicken $1.46$1.413.8%
Milk $1.89$2.068.3%
Potatoes $3.49$2.9816.9%
Pizza $6.99$9.4726.2%
Beer $10.94$8.7924.4%

Health Care

ItemDenverNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $88.69$101.0412.2%
Doctor $92.98$107.4413.5%
Dentist $77.23$90.4214.6%
Ibuprofen $8.75$9.285.7%
Lipitor $437.76$426.502.6%

Housing

ItemDenverNational avg.Difference
Home Price $162,600.00$175,700.007.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,023.97$1,133.239.6%
Apartment Rent $939.00$920.002.1%

Transportation

ItemDenverNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.13$1.997.0%
Tire Balancing $38.58$45.7615.7%

Utilities

ItemDenverNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$170.91$163.814.3%
Phone $35.44$28.3924.9%
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.
Brownstown, PA71183-17%
Reading, PA88,05190-10%
Gordonville, PA67188-12%
Lebanon, PA25,55388-12%
Lancaster, PA59,36891-9%
Denver, PA3,86299-1%

Cities with similar population

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Brittany Farms-The Highlands, PA3,86212525%
Roebling, NJ3,8611099%
Roselawn, IN3,86391-9%
East Sandwich, MA3,86115555%
Mulberry, FL3,86482-18%
Denver, PA3,86299-1%
Source: The Denver, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.