Hamilton Square 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.
IndexHamilton SquareNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index128131100
IndexHamilton SquareNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index112118100
Groceries index110116100
Health care index113111100
Housing index172166100
Transportation index111118100
Utilities index97110100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Hamilton Square, NJ is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Hamilton Square, NJ enjoy a cost of living index of 128. This index is 2% lower than the New Jersey average, and 28% 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 Hamilton Square, NJ, the average cost of goods and services is 5% lower than it is in New Jersey, and it is 12% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Hamilton Square is 2% lower than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Hamilton Square is 28% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Hamilton Square is 72% 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$109,620$9,135$2,558$3,289
Renters$98,125$8,177$2,289$2,944
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Hamilton Square, NJ, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Hamilton Square, NJ, the median monthly income is $109,620 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,558 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $98,125, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $2,289 on monthly rental expenses.

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 Hamilton Square, 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

ItemHamilton SquareNational 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

ItemHamilton SquareNational 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

ItemHamilton SquareNational 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

ItemHamilton SquareNational avg.Difference
Home Price $314,800.00$175,700.0079.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,607.16$1,081.0348.7%
Apartment Rent $1,428.00$920.0055.2%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemHamilton SquareNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Rossmoor, NJ2,81498-2%
Trenton, NJ84,459100-0%
Beverly, NJ2,5731099%
Burlington, NJ9,86511010%
Roebling, NJ3,86111111%
Hamilton Square, NJ12,87012828%

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Rochester, MI12,8721099%
Ardmore, PA12,86712828%
Ridgefield Park, NJ12,87514343%
Buford, GA12,864100-0%
Port Neches, TX12,87791-9%
Hamilton Square, NJ12,87012828%
Source: The Hamilton Square, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.