Horseheads 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.
IndexHorseheadsNew YorkNational
Cost of living index92122100
IndexHorseheadsNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index100112100
Groceries index104103100
Health care index112104100
Housing index67149100
Transportation index123122100
Utilities index91102100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Horseheads, NY is displayed above. In Horseheads, NY, the overall cost of living index is 92, which is 24% lower than the New York average and 8% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Horseheads, NY, the city's goods and services are 11% lower than the New York average and equal to the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Horseheads is 24% lower than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in Horseheads is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Horseheads is 33% lower than the national average.
  • New York general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • New York state income tax is 80% 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$67,169$5,597$1,567$2,015
Renters$35,087$2,924$819$1,053
The affordability of the housing market in Horseheads, NY 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 Horseheads, NY homeowners, the median income is $67,169. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,567 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $35,087. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $819 used for their rent related monthly costs.

New York Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New York4%8.875%

New York Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New York4%8.82%
The New York sales tax and New York income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Horseheads, NY. 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 York sales tax is 4% and the maximum surtax is 8.875%. 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 York income tax rates range from 4% to 8.82%.

Goods & Services

ItemHorseheadsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.75$14.597.9%
Beauty Salon $34.25$34.681.2%
Toothpaste $3.08$2.4724.5%
Shampoo $1.51$1.0247.7%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $4.00$4.398.9%

Groceries

ItemHorseheadsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.41$4.481.5%
Fried Chicken $1.62$1.4610.7%
Milk $1.90$2.3619.4%
Potatoes $3.24$3.065.8%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.59$8.6311.1%

Health Care

ItemHorseheadsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $109.00$99.789.2%
Doctor $143.69$105.0336.8%
Dentist $87.00$88.701.9%
Ibuprofen $9.48$9.410.7%
Lipitor $320.90$298.507.5%

Housing

ItemHorseheadsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $101,000.00$175,700.0042.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,281.68$1,081.0318.6%
Apartment Rent $823.00$920.0010.5%

Transportation

ItemHorseheadsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.63$2.0926.0%
Tire Balancing $51.93$45.2914.7%

Utilities

ItemHorseheadsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$179.24$170.804.9%
Phone $19.99$28.2629.3%
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.

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Erin, NY38476-24%
Wellsburg, NY55887-13%
Elmira, NY29,04687-13%
Montour Falls, NY1,93288-12%
Elmira Heights, NY4,11188-12%
Horseheads, NY6,59392-8%

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Source: The Horseheads, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.