East Rockaway 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 RockawayNew YorkNational
Cost of living index167122100
IndexEast RockawayNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index151112100
Groceries index121103100
Health care index117104100
Housing index234149100
Transportation index138122100
Utilities index133102100
An overview of the general cost of living index for East Rockaway, NY is displayed above for your reference. Residents in East Rockaway, NY enjoy a cost of living index of 167. This index is 37% higher than the New York average, and 67% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in East Rockaway, NY, the average cost of goods and services is 34% higher than it is in New York, and it is 51% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in East Rockaway is 37% higher than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in East Rockaway is 67% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in East Rockaway is 134% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
The affordability of the housing market in East Rockaway, NY as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among East Rockaway, NY homeowners, the median income is $114,079. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,662 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $50,188. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,171 used for their rent related monthly costs.

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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in East Rockaway, NY is the New York sales tax and New York income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The New York sales tax rate is 4% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 8.875%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The New York income tax rates range from 4% to 8.82%.

Goods & Services

ItemEast RockawayNational avg.Difference
Haircut $22.50$14.5954.2%
Beauty Salon $70.55$34.68103.4%
Toothpaste $4.04$2.4763.3%
Shampoo $1.14$1.0211.5%
Movie $13.83$9.8740.1%
Bowling $12.33$4.39180.8%


ItemEast RockawayNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.46$4.480.4%
Fried Chicken $1.04$1.4629.0%
Milk $1.92$2.3618.5%
Potatoes $4.37$3.0642.7%
Pizza $11.49$9.2424.3%
Beer $13.09$8.6351.6%

Health Care

ItemEast RockawayNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $103.33$99.783.6%
Doctor $122.50$105.0316.6%
Dentist $117.50$88.7032.5%
Ibuprofen $10.06$9.416.9%
Lipitor $302.11$298.501.2%


ItemEast RockawayNational avg.Difference
Home Price $443,900.00$175,700.00152.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $4,902.79$1,081.03353.5%
Apartment Rent $1,744.00$920.0089.6%


ItemEast RockawayNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.64$2.0926.2%
Tire Balancing $78.00$45.2972.2%


ItemEast RockawayNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$259.80$170.8052.1%
Phone $30.33$28.267.3%
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.
North Amityville, NY19,60813232%
Roosevelt, NY16,55414747%
Uniondale, NY24,78714747%
New Cassel, NY13,98813636%
Hempstead, NY54,80114848%
East Rockaway, NY9,86116767%

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East Rockaway, NY9,86116767%
Source: The East Rockaway, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.