Lewistown 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.
IndexLewistownPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index86100100
IndexLewistownPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index10099100
Groceries index97102100
Health care index9090100
Housing index5093100
Transportation index100109100
Utilities index113115100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Lewistown, PA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Pennsylvania and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Lewistown, PA is 86, which is 14% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 14% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Lewistown, PA are 2% higher than the average for Pennsylvania and equal to the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Lewistown is 14% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Lewistown is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lewistown is 50% 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$48,708$4,059$1,136$1,461
Renters$22,254$1,855$519$668
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Lewistown, PA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Lewistown, PA, the median monthly income is $48,708 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,136 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $22,254, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $519 on monthly rental expenses.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Lewistown, PA is the Pennsylvania sales tax and Pennsylvania income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Pennsylvania sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 8%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Pennsylvania income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemLewistownNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.00$15.5616.5%
Beauty Salon $30.83$36.1114.6%
Toothpaste $2.25$2.479.0%
Shampoo $0.98$0.961.9%
Movie $9.11$10.1310.0%
Bowling $4.30$4.749.1%

Groceries

ItemLewistownNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.32$3.988.5%
Fried Chicken $1.46$1.413.8%
Milk $1.89$2.068.3%
Potatoes $3.49$2.9816.9%
Pizza $6.99$9.4726.2%
Beer $10.94$8.7924.4%

Health Care

ItemLewistownNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $88.69$101.0412.2%
Doctor $92.98$107.4413.5%
Dentist $77.23$90.4214.6%
Ibuprofen $8.75$9.285.7%
Lipitor $437.76$426.502.6%

Housing

ItemLewistownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $75,400.00$175,700.0057.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,023.97$1,133.239.6%
Apartment Rent $621.00$920.0032.5%

Transportation

ItemLewistownNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.13$1.997.0%
Tire Balancing $38.58$45.7615.7%

Utilities

ItemLewistownNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$170.91$163.814.3%
Phone $35.44$28.3924.9%
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.
Siglerville, PA961011%
Wagner, PA22677-23%
Lumber City CDP, PA23481-19%
Maitland, PA21281-19%
Juniata Terrace, PA80283-17%
Lewistown, PA8,34186-14%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Athol, MA8,34098-2%
Jefferson City, TN8,34292-8%
Seven Corners, VA8,34312525%
Palm Beach, FL8,34419595%
Bellevue, PA8,33885-15%
Lewistown, PA8,34186-14%
Source: The Lewistown, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.