Elizabeth 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.
IndexElizabethNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index120127100
IndexElizabethNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index116114100
Groceries index105104100
Health care index97100100
Housing index143166100
Transportation index107107100
Utilities index113110100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Elizabeth, NJ is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Elizabeth, NJ enjoy a cost of living index of 120. This index is 5% lower than the New Jersey average, and 20% 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 Elizabeth, NJ, the average cost of goods and services is 1% higher than it is in New Jersey, and it is 16% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Elizabeth is 5% lower than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Elizabeth is 20% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Elizabeth is 43% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey state income tax is 37% lower 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$75,436$6,286$1,760$2,263
Renters$37,436$3,120$873$1,123
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Elizabeth, NJ, 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 Elizabeth, NJ homeowners have a median income of $75,436. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,760 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $37,436, which means there is a maximum of $873 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

New Jersey Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New Jersey7%7%

New Jersey Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New Jersey1.4%8.97%
The New Jersey sales tax and New Jersey income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Elizabeth, NJ. 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 New Jersey sales tax is 7% and the maximum surtax is 7%. 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 New Jersey income tax rates range from 1.4% to 8.97%.

Goods & Services

ItemElizabethNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.93$15.5628.1%
Beauty Salon $33.60$36.116.9%
Toothpaste $2.13$2.4714.0%
Shampoo $0.98$0.961.2%
Movie $12.17$10.1320.1%
Bowling $4.51$4.744.8%

Groceries

ItemElizabethNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.71$3.986.9%
Fried Chicken $1.53$1.418.7%
Milk $2.36$2.0614.5%
Potatoes $2.82$2.985.3%
Pizza $8.16$9.4713.8%
Beer $8.79$8.790.0%

Health Care

ItemElizabethNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $97.00$101.044.0%
Doctor $88.67$107.4417.5%
Dentist $100.22$90.4210.8%
Ibuprofen $8.82$9.284.9%
Lipitor $392.56$426.508.0%

Housing

ItemElizabethNational avg.Difference
Home Price $271,400.00$175,700.0054.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,696.27$1,133.2349.7%
Apartment Rent $1,069.00$920.0016.2%

Transportation

ItemElizabethNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.93$1.993.0%
Tire Balancing $58.47$45.7627.8%

Utilities

ItemElizabethNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$178.78$163.819.1%
Phone $33.50$28.3918.0%
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.
East Orange, NJ64,53811313%
Newark, NJ278,75011515%
Roselle, NJ21,34811515%
Perth Amboy, NJ51,72711717%
Plainfield, NJ50,42311717%
Elizabeth, NJ126,96412020%

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Topeka, KS127,66086-14%
Waco, TX127,79684-16%
Elizabeth, NJ126,96412020%
Source: The Elizabeth, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.