Forest Hills 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.
IndexForest HillsPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index87100100
IndexForest HillsPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index8899100
Groceries index97102100
Health care index9590100
Housing index7093100
Transportation index106109100
Utilities index102115100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Forest Hills, PA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Pennsylvania the cost of living index in Forest Hills, PA is 87, which is 13% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and compared to the national average it is 13% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Forest Hills, PA goods and services come in at 11% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and are 12% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Forest Hills is 13% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Forest Hills is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Forest Hills is 30% 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$74,904$6,242$1,748$2,247
Renters$33,529$2,794$782$1,006
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Forest Hills, PA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Forest Hills, PA have a median income of $74,904. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,748 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $33,529, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $782.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
The Pennsylvania sales tax and Pennsylvania income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Forest Hills, PA. 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 Pennsylvania sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 8%. 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 Pennsylvania income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemForest HillsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.15$15.5615.5%
Beauty Salon $37.36$36.113.5%
Toothpaste $2.36$2.474.6%
Shampoo $0.93$0.963.6%
Movie $9.94$10.131.9%
Bowling $4.01$4.7415.2%

Groceries

ItemForest HillsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $2.88$3.9827.8%
Fried Chicken $1.34$1.414.8%
Milk $1.86$2.0610.0%
Potatoes $3.32$2.9811.4%
Pizza $9.90$9.474.5%
Beer $10.34$8.7917.6%

Health Care

ItemForest HillsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $80.03$101.0420.8%
Doctor $97.54$107.449.2%
Dentist $89.29$90.421.2%
Ibuprofen $8.86$9.284.5%
Lipitor $415.12$426.502.7%

Housing

ItemForest HillsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $117,800.00$175,700.0033.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $961.34$1,133.2315.2%
Apartment Rent $710.00$920.0022.8%

Transportation

ItemForest HillsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.19$1.999.7%
Tire Balancing $45.27$45.761.1%

Utilities

ItemForest HillsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$184.95$163.8112.9%
Phone $25.21$28.3911.2%
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.
Rankin, PA2,14273-27%
Braddock, PA2,03075-25%
North Braddock, PA4,84776-24%
Arnold City, PA60976-24%
East Pittsburgh, PA1,91076-24%
Forest Hills, PA6,50187-13%

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Geneseo, IL6,50091-9%
Spring Lake Park, MN6,5031011%
Louisville, MS6,49877-23%
Irvington, NY6,50616767%
Bedford, VA6,50890-10%
Forest Hills, PA6,50187-13%
Source: The Forest Hills, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.