Dickson City 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.
IndexDickson CityPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index96102100
IndexDickson CityPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index100103100
Groceries index104105100
Health care index11297100
Housing index8093100
Transportation index123112100
Utilities index91112100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Dickson City, PA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Pennsylvania the cost of living index in Dickson City, PA is 96, which is 6% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and compared to the national average it is 4% 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 Dickson City, PA goods and services come in at 3% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and are equal to compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Dickson City is 6% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Dickson City is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Dickson City is 20% 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$56,774$4,731$1,325$1,703
Renters$29,943$2,495$699$898
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 Dickson City, PA, 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. Dickson City, PA has a median income of about $56,774 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,325 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $29,943. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $699 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
The Pennsylvania sales tax and Pennsylvania income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Dickson City, PA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Pennsylvania sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 8%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Pennsylvania income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemDickson CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.75$14.597.9%
Beauty Salon $34.25$34.681.2%
Toothpaste $3.08$2.4724.5%
Shampoo $1.51$1.0247.7%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $4.00$4.398.9%

Groceries

ItemDickson CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.41$4.481.5%
Fried Chicken $1.62$1.4610.7%
Milk $1.90$2.3619.4%
Potatoes $3.24$3.065.8%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.59$8.6311.1%

Health Care

ItemDickson CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $109.00$99.789.2%
Doctor $143.69$105.0336.8%
Dentist $87.00$88.701.9%
Ibuprofen $9.48$9.410.7%
Lipitor $320.90$298.507.5%

Housing

ItemDickson CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $150,100.00$175,700.0014.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,281.68$1,081.0318.6%
Apartment Rent $619.00$920.0032.7%

Transportation

ItemDickson CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.63$2.0926.0%
Tire Balancing $51.93$45.2914.7%

Utilities

ItemDickson CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$179.24$170.804.9%
Phone $19.99$28.2629.3%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Eagle Lake, PA01099%
Edwardsville, PA4,79288-12%
Carbondale, PA8,84389-11%
Pittston, PA7,70293-7%
Luzerne, PA2,84389-11%
Dickson City, PA6,04996-4%

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Blue Bell, PA6,04914242%
Crystal Lake, FL6,04985-15%
Pacific, MO6,04794-6%
Theodore, AL6,05190-10%
Erwin, TN6,05287-13%
Dickson City, PA6,04996-4%
Source: The Dickson City, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.