Lawrence 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.
IndexLawrenceNew YorkNational
Cost of living index219120100
IndexLawrenceNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index148110100
Groceries index128105100
Health care index11599100
Housing index410149100
Transportation index134111100
Utilities index127102100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Lawrence, NY is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Lawrence, NY enjoy a cost of living index of 219. This index is 82% higher than the New York average, and 119% higher 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 Lawrence, NY, the average cost of goods and services is 34% higher than it is in New York, and it is 48% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Lawrence is 82% higher than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in Lawrence is 119% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lawrence is 310% higher 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$157,578$13,132$3,677$4,728
Renters$69,615$5,801$1,624$2,089
The affordability of the housing market in Lawrence, 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 Lawrence, NY homeowners, the median income is $157,578. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $3,677 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $69,615. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,624 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%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Lawrence, 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

ItemLawrenceNational avg.Difference
Haircut $24.02$15.5654.3%
Beauty Salon $64.92$36.1179.8%
Toothpaste $4.50$2.4782.1%
Shampoo $1.67$0.9673.1%
Movie $14.89$10.1347.1%
Bowling $13.06$4.74175.8%

Groceries

ItemLawrenceNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $6.10$3.9853.2%
Fried Chicken $2.04$1.4144.7%
Milk $2.45$2.0618.7%
Potatoes $3.78$2.9826.8%
Pizza $12.14$9.4728.1%
Beer $13.06$8.7948.6%

Health Care

ItemLawrenceNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $106.66$101.045.6%
Doctor $105.00$107.442.3%
Dentist $125.00$90.4238.2%
Ibuprofen $9.99$9.287.7%
Lipitor $435.07$426.502.0%

Housing

ItemLawrenceNational avg.Difference
Home Price $889,000.00$175,700.00406.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $5,496.82$1,133.23385.1%
Apartment Rent $1,719.00$920.0086.8%

Transportation

ItemLawrenceNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.31$1.9916.1%
Tire Balancing $79.33$45.7673.4%

Utilities

ItemLawrenceNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$232.72$163.8142.1%
Phone $30.77$28.398.4%
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.
Highlands, NJ4,98513939%
Roosevelt, NY16,55414646%
Uniondale, NY24,78714646%
New Cassel, NY13,98813737%
Hempstead, NY54,80114747%
Lawrence, NY6,511219119%

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Eagle, CO6,51113636%
Crozet, VA6,51112020%
Bedford, VA6,50890-10%
Ishpeming, MI6,51481-19%
Solvay, NY6,51488-12%
Lawrence, NY6,511219119%
Source: The Lawrence, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.