Lackawanna 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.
IndexLackawannaNew YorkNational
Cost of living index81122100
IndexLackawannaNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index85112100
Groceries index88103100
Health care index89104100
Housing index53149100
Transportation index117122100
Utilities index101102100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Lackawanna, NY is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Lackawanna, NY enjoy a cost of living index of 81. This index is 34% lower than the New York average, and 19% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Lackawanna, NY, the average cost of goods and services is 24% lower than it is in New York, and it is 15% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Lackawanna is 34% lower than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in Lackawanna is 19% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lackawanna is 47% 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$47,732$3,978$1,114$1,432
Renters$26,228$2,186$612$787
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Lackawanna, NY 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 Lackawanna, NY have a median income of $47,732. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,114 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $26,228, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $612.

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%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Lackawanna, NY, the New York income tax and the New York sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The New York maximum surtax is 8.875%, and the New York sales tax is 4%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 4% to 8.82% in New York.

Goods & Services

ItemLackawannaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.78$14.591.3%
Beauty Salon $24.99$34.6827.9%
Toothpaste $1.49$2.4739.8%
Shampoo $0.87$1.0214.9%
Movie $10.62$9.877.6%
Bowling $2.90$4.3934.0%

Groceries

ItemLackawannaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.74$4.4816.5%
Fried Chicken $1.14$1.4622.1%
Milk $1.82$2.3622.8%
Potatoes $2.19$3.0628.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $7.73$8.6310.5%

Health Care

ItemLackawannaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $55.25$99.7844.6%
Doctor $80.50$105.0323.4%
Dentist $78.80$88.7011.2%
Ibuprofen $7.98$9.4115.2%
Lipitor $335.79$298.5012.5%

Housing

ItemLackawannaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $84,200.00$175,700.0052.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,155.06$1,081.036.8%
Apartment Rent $590.00$920.0035.9%

Transportation

ItemLackawannaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.74$2.0931.2%
Tire Balancing $35.11$45.2922.5%

Utilities

ItemLackawannaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$177.83$170.804.1%
Phone $27.50$28.262.7%
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.
Buffalo, NY259,95980-20%
Sloan, NY3,64280-20%
Tonawanda, NY15,04882-18%
Blasdell, NY2,56582-18%
Angola, NY1,81383-17%
Lackawanna, NY18,03781-19%

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Lackawanna, NY18,03781-19%
Source: The Lackawanna, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.