Howard 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.
IndexHowardPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index97102100
IndexHowardPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index99103100
Groceries index104105100
Health care index9897100
Housing index8393100
Transportation index111112100
Utilities index107112100

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  • The cost of living in Howard is 5% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Howard is 3% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Howard is 17% 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$54,716$4,560$1,277$1,642
Renters$37,969$3,164$886$1,139

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%

Goods & Services

ItemHowardNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.03$14.5910.7%
Beauty Salon $34.66$34.680.1%
Toothpaste $2.99$2.4720.9%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $8.75$9.8711.3%
Bowling $3.75$4.3914.6%

Groceries

ItemHowardNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.99$4.4833.8%
Fried Chicken $1.89$1.4629.1%
Milk $3.87$2.3664.2%
Potatoes $3.99$3.0630.3%
Pizza $7.85$9.2415.1%
Beer $10.47$8.6321.3%

Health Care

ItemHowardNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $79.30$99.7820.5%
Doctor $80.00$105.0323.8%
Dentist $98.38$88.7010.9%
Ibuprofen $9.79$9.414.0%
Lipitor $320.18$298.507.3%

Housing

ItemHowardNational avg.Difference
Home Price $152,200.00$175,700.0013.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $825.80$1,081.0323.6%
Apartment Rent $698.00$920.0024.1%

Transportation

ItemHowardNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.39$2.0914.2%
Tire Balancing $45.80$45.291.1%

Utilities

ItemHowardNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$165.62$170.803.0%
Phone $34.18$28.2621.0%
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.
Hublersburg, PA171033%
Orviston, PA9178-22%
Monument, PA18578-22%
Beech Creek, PA71689-11%
Mill Hall, PA1,63190-10%
Howard, PA84797-3%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Wingo, KY84786-14%
Pond Creek, OK84782-18%
Ruch, OR84712424%
Millville, OH84792-8%
Manderson-White Horse Creek, SD84778-22%
Howard, PA84797-3%
Source: The Howard, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.