Kutztown 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.
IndexKutztownPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index99100100
IndexKutztownPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index9999100
Groceries index103102100
Health care index7590100
Housing index9193100
Transportation index113109100
Utilities index118115100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Kutztown, PA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Kutztown, PA being 99, that puts it equal to the average of Pennsylvania and 1% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Kutztown, PA, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of Pennsylvania as well as 1% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Kutztown is equal to the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Kutztown is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Kutztown is 9% 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$74,246$6,187$1,732$2,228
Renters$29,167$2,431$681$875
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Kutztown, PA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Kutztown, PA have a median income of $74,246. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,732 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $29,167, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $681.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Kutztown, PA you will want to make sure you consider both the Pennsylvania sales tax and the Pennsylvania income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Pennsylvania is 6%, with the highest surtax being 8%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Pennsylvania have a range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemKutztownNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.94$15.564.0%
Beauty Salon $28.92$36.1119.9%
Toothpaste $2.50$2.471.0%
Shampoo $0.97$0.960.5%
Movie $9.89$10.132.4%
Bowling $5.20$4.749.8%

Groceries

ItemKutztownNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.68$3.987.7%
Fried Chicken $1.40$1.410.7%
Milk $1.77$2.0614.2%
Potatoes $3.22$2.988.1%
Pizza $8.94$9.475.6%
Beer $9.21$8.794.8%

Health Care

ItemKutztownNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $69.07$101.0431.6%
Doctor $65.78$107.4438.8%
Dentist $59.17$90.4234.6%
Ibuprofen $9.00$9.283.0%
Lipitor $436.05$426.502.2%

Housing

ItemKutztownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $156,700.00$175,700.0010.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,147.79$1,133.231.3%
Apartment Rent $878.00$920.004.6%

Transportation

ItemKutztownNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.20$1.9910.2%
Tire Balancing $55.18$45.7620.6%

Utilities

ItemKutztownNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$194.54$163.8118.8%
Phone $33.24$28.3917.1%
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.
Kutztown University, PA2,01611313%
Hereford, PA70982-18%
Reading, PA88,05190-10%
New Ringgold, PA28288-12%
West Hamburg, PA1,99689-11%
Kutztown, PA5,01699-1%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Ahoskie, NC5,01789-11%
Sissonville, WV5,01787-13%
Grambling, LA5,01585-15%
Suncook, NH5,01711717%
Santa Venetia, CA5,01716565%
Kutztown, PA5,01699-1%
Source: The Kutztown, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.