East Petersburg 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.
IndexEast PetersburgPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index100100100
IndexEast PetersburgPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index10099100
Groceries index97102100
Health care index9090100
Housing index9793100
Transportation index100109100
Utilities index113115100
A general overview of the cost of living index for East Petersburg, PA is displayed above. In East Petersburg, PA, the overall cost of living index is 100, which is equal to the Pennsylvania average and equal to 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 East Petersburg, PA, the city's goods and services are 2% higher than the Pennsylvania average and equal to the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in East Petersburg is equal to the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in East Petersburg is equal to the national average.
  • The cost of housing in East Petersburg is 3% 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$69,907$5,826$1,631$2,097
Renters$29,950$2,496$699$899
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in East Petersburg, PA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for East Petersburg, PA homeowners, is $69,907. This would allow for a maximum of $1,631 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $29,950 which would result in a maximum of $699 to be spent on rental costs.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
For those who live in East Petersburg, PA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Pennsylvania income tax rate and the Pennsylvania sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Pennsylvania, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Pennsylvania, the income tax rate ranges between 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemEast PetersburgNational 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

ItemEast PetersburgNational 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

ItemEast PetersburgNational 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

ItemEast PetersburgNational avg.Difference
Home Price $168,400.00$175,700.004.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,023.97$1,133.239.6%
Apartment Rent $927.00$920.000.8%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemEast PetersburgNational 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%
Gordonville, PA67188-12%
Windsor, PA1,29890-10%
Columbia, PA10,39991-9%
Lancaster, PA59,36891-9%
East Petersburg, PA4,5041000%

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Dalzell, SC4,50495-5%
Mattawa, WA4,50290-10%
Hayfield, VA4,50115151%
Krum, TX4,50892-8%
Dallas, NC4,50890-10%
East Petersburg, PA4,5041000%
Source: The East Petersburg, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.