Hartford 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.
IndexHartfordConnecticutNational
Cost of living index114129100
IndexHartfordConnecticutNational
Goods & Services index121123100
Groceries index128125100
Health care index119117100
Housing index98146100
Transportation index109105100
Utilities index128130100

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  • The cost of living in Hartford is 11% lower than the Connecticut average.
  • The cost of living in Hartford is 14% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Hartford is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Connecticut general sales tax is 25% higher than the national average.
  • Connecticut state income tax is 35% higher than the national average.

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Connecticut Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Connecticut6.35%6.35%

Connecticut Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Connecticut3%6.7%

Goods & Services

ItemHartfordNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $47.06$34.6835.7%
Toothpaste $3.22$2.4730.2%
Shampoo $1.17$1.0214.5%
Movie $10.07$9.872.0%
Bowling $7.17$4.3963.3%

Groceries

ItemHartfordNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $6.34$4.4841.6%
Fried Chicken $1.90$1.4629.8%
Milk $2.56$2.368.6%
Potatoes $4.51$3.0647.3%
Pizza $10.11$9.249.4%
Beer $10.03$8.6316.2%

Health Care

ItemHartfordNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $116.73$99.7817.0%
Doctor $123.77$105.0317.8%
Dentist $122.94$88.7038.6%
Ibuprofen $11.38$9.4120.9%
Lipitor $267.92$298.5010.2%

Housing

ItemHartfordNational avg.Difference
Home Price $178,300.00$181,400.001.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,493.00$1,081.0338.1%
Apartment Rent $855.00$889.003.8%

Transportation

ItemHartfordNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.44$2.0916.6%
Tire Balancing $39.98$45.2911.7%

Utilities

ItemHartfordNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$265.73$170.8055.6%
Phone $24.95$28.2611.7%
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.
New Britain, CT73,12211313%
Blue Hills, CT2,46511414%
Rockville, CT7,66611515%
East Hartford, CT51,17111515%
Manchester, CT30,43111717%
Hartford, CT124,87911414%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Waco, TX124,84384-16%
Elizabeth, NJ124,79512222%
Gainesville, FL124,98196-4%
Simi Valley, CA123,94214545%
Visalia, CA123,9051066%
Hartford, CT124,87911414%
Source: The Hartford, CT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.