Kenilworth 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.
IndexKenilworthNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index133131100
IndexKenilworthNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index115118100
Groceries index106116100
Health care index107111100
Housing index188166100
Transportation index111118100
Utilities index98110100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Kenilworth, NJ is displayed above. In Kenilworth, NJ, the overall cost of living index is 133, which is 2% higher than the New Jersey average and 33% higher 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 Kenilworth, NJ, the city's goods and services are 3% lower than the New Jersey average and 15% higher than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Kenilworth is 2% higher than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Kenilworth is 33% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Kenilworth is 88% 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)
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Kenilworth, NJ, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Kenilworth, NJ has a median income of about $104,018 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,427 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $92,788. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $2,165 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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%
For those who live in Kenilworth, NJ and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the New Jersey income tax rate and the New Jersey sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In New Jersey, the sales tax is 7%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in New Jersey, the income tax rate ranges between 1.4% to 8.97%.

Goods & Services

ItemKenilworthNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.00$14.5930.2%
Beauty Salon $33.75$34.682.7%
Toothpaste $2.29$2.477.4%
Shampoo $1.00$1.022.2%
Movie $11.70$9.8718.6%
Bowling $4.55$4.393.6%


ItemKenilworthNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.39$4.481.9%
Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4635.9%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.39$3.0610.7%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.19$8.636.5%

Health Care

ItemKenilworthNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $91.25$99.788.5%
Doctor $90.00$105.0314.3%
Dentist $107.25$88.7020.9%
Ibuprofen $9.49$9.410.8%
Lipitor $341.01$298.5014.2%


ItemKenilworthNational avg.Difference
Home Price $351,900.00$175,700.00100.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,790.20$1,081.0365.6%
Apartment Rent $1,466.00$920.0059.3%


ItemKenilworthNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.17$2.093.7%
Tire Balancing $59.16$45.2930.6%


ItemKenilworthNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.41$170.806.7%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Zarephath, NJ01099%
Victory Gardens, NJ1,64611212%
East Orange, NJ64,53811313%
Newark, NJ278,75011414%
Roselle, NJ21,34811414%
Kenilworth, NJ8,04513333%

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Brookhaven, PA8,0451088%
Fair Plain, MI8,04385-15%
Geneseo, NY8,0431044%
Brentwood, MO8,0481044%
Wilmington Manor, DE8,0491066%
Kenilworth, NJ8,04513333%
Source: The Kenilworth, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.