Easton 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.
IndexEastonPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index101102100
IndexEastonPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index112103100
Groceries index110105100
Health care index11397100
Housing index8293100
Transportation index111112100
Utilities index97112100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Easton, PA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Easton, PA enjoy a cost of living index of 101. This index is 1% lower than the Pennsylvania average, and 1% 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 Easton, PA, the average cost of goods and services is 8% higher than it is in Pennsylvania, and it is 12% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Easton is 1% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Easton is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Easton is 18% 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$59,019$4,918$1,377$1,771
Renters$26,074$2,173$608$782
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Easton, 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 Easton, PA homeowners have a median income of $59,019. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,377 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $26,074, which means there is a maximum of $608 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 assessing the complete cost of living in Easton, 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

ItemEastonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.00$14.5923.3%
Beauty Salon $32.75$34.685.6%
Toothpaste $1.99$2.4719.5%
Shampoo $1.08$1.025.7%
Movie $11.70$9.8718.6%
Bowling $4.72$4.397.5%

Groceries

ItemEastonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.44$4.480.8%
Fried Chicken $1.97$1.4634.6%
Milk $2.57$2.369.1%
Potatoes $3.39$3.0610.7%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.79$8.631.8%

Health Care

ItemEastonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.25$99.782.5%
Doctor $86.25$105.0317.9%
Dentist $119.50$88.7034.7%
Ibuprofen $10.32$9.419.6%
Lipitor $351.24$298.5017.7%

Housing

ItemEastonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $130,700.00$175,700.0025.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,607.16$1,081.0348.7%
Apartment Rent $914.00$920.000.7%

Transportation

ItemEastonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.17$2.093.7%
Tire Balancing $58.80$45.2929.8%

Utilities

ItemEastonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$155.83$170.808.8%
Phone $29.75$28.265.3%
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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Bridgeville, NJ991099%
DeSales University, PA86311515%
Delaware, NJ861099%
Saylorsburg, PA616100-0%
Fountain Hill, PA4,6101055%
Easton, PA26,9771011%

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Aberdeen, SD26,97988-12%
Dix Hills, NY26,96918686%
Stockbridge, GA26,99296-4%
Carlsbad, NM26,99688-12%
Saratoga Springs, NY26,99812424%
Easton, PA26,9771011%
Source: The Easton, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.