Hillsdale 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.
IndexHillsdaleNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index163131100
IndexHillsdaleNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index127118100
Groceries index132116100
Health care index115111100
Housing index241166100
Transportation index134118100
Utilities index133110100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Hillsdale, NJ cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Hillsdale, NJ is 163, which is 24% higher than the New Jersey average and 63% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Hillsdale, NJ are 8% higher than the New Jersey average and 27% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Hillsdale is 24% higher than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Hillsdale is 63% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Hillsdale is 141% 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$123,855$10,321$2,890$3,716
Renters$20,417$1,701$476$613
The affordability of the housing market in Hillsdale, NJ as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Hillsdale, NJ homeowners, the median income is $123,855. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,890 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $20,417. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $476 used for their rent related monthly costs.

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 Hillsdale, 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

ItemHillsdaleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.00$14.5937.0%
Beauty Salon $65.00$34.6887.4%
Toothpaste $3.89$2.4757.3%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $14.00$9.8741.9%
Bowling $12.00$4.39173.2%

Groceries

ItemHillsdaleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.94$1.4632.5%
Milk $1.96$2.3616.8%
Potatoes $4.89$3.0659.7%
Pizza $11.50$9.2424.4%
Beer $9.89$8.6314.6%

Health Care

ItemHillsdaleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $99.50$99.780.3%
Doctor $115.00$105.039.5%
Dentist $112.88$88.7027.3%
Ibuprofen $12.39$9.4131.6%
Lipitor $298.37$298.500.0%

Housing

ItemHillsdaleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $509,900.00$175,700.00190.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,389.29$1,081.03213.5%
Apartment Rent $1,153.00$920.0025.3%

Transportation

ItemHillsdaleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.64$2.0926.2%
Tire Balancing $69.96$45.2954.5%

Utilities

ItemHillsdaleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$259.37$170.8051.9%
Phone $30.33$28.267.3%
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.
Greenville, NY5731044%
Paterson, NJ146,34111919%
Mount Ivy, NY6,92612828%
Haledon, NJ8,39712121%
Spring Valley, NY32,00712929%
Hillsdale, NJ10,38116363%

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Heath, OH10,38189-11%
Oil City, PA10,38373-27%
Morro Bay, CA10,38314242%
Pine Hill, NJ10,3831099%
Northbrook, OH10,38486-14%
Hillsdale, NJ10,38116363%
Source: The Hillsdale, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.