Doylestown 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 index139102100
Goods & Services index115103100
Groceries index117105100
Health care index9997100
Housing index19393100
Transportation index117112100
Utilities index121112100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Doylestown, PA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Pennsylvania and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Doylestown, PA is 139, which is 36% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 39% 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 Doylestown, PA are 11% higher than the average for Pennsylvania and 15% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Doylestown is 36% higher than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Doylestown is 39% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Doylestown is 93% higher 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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Use the salary calculator to compare your current income in Doylestown, PA to any other city in the country. The calculator will tell you how much income you would need to make in a particular city to live at the same level based on the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the city you are looking to move to is higher than that of Doylestown, PA, then you would need to earn a higher salary in order to enjoy the same standard of living. To use the Doylestown, PA salary calculator, enter the name of the new city, then move the slider to your current salary level. The salary calculator will do the rest and let you know if your salary would need to increase or decrease for the new city. You will also see a complete overview of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
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 Doylestown, 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. Doylestown, PA has a median income of about $97,692 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,279 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $42,708. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $996 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

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Pennsylvania Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Doylestown, PA, the Pennsylvania income tax and the Pennsylvania sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Pennsylvania maximum surtax is 8%, and the Pennsylvania sales tax is 6%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07% in Pennsylvania.

Goods & Services

ItemDoylestownNational 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%


ItemDoylestownNational 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

ItemDoylestownNational 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%


ItemDoylestownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $386,700.00$175,700.00120.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,419.25$1,081.0331.3%
Apartment Rent $1,203.00$920.0030.8%


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


ItemDoylestownNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Eagleville, PA2921000%
Norristown, PA34,4541099%
Bristol, PA9,65711111%
Quakertown, PA8,93911212%
Richlandtown, PA1,24611313%
Doylestown, PA8,35313939%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Rice Lake, WI8,35394-6%
Bayport, NY8,35515454%
White City, OR8,3551044%
Farmville, VA8,35093-7%
Purcellville, VA8,35013131%
Doylestown, PA8,35313939%
Source: The Doylestown, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.