Lima 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.
IndexLimaPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index122102100
IndexLimaPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index108103100
Groceries index103105100
Health care index10397100
Housing index15893100
Transportation index96112100
Utilities index114112100

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  • The cost of living in Lima is 19% higher than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Lima is 22% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lima is 58% higher 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$56,875$4,740$1,327$1,706
Renters$30,653$2,554$715$920

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%

Goods & Services

ItemLimaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.00$14.594.1%
Beauty Salon $40.00$34.6815.3%
Toothpaste $2.22$2.4710.2%
Shampoo $0.91$1.0211.0%
Movie $11.50$9.8716.5%
Bowling $4.50$4.392.5%

Groceries

ItemLimaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.42$4.481.3%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.466.6%
Milk $2.14$2.369.2%
Potatoes $3.66$3.0619.6%
Pizza $8.49$9.248.1%
Beer $8.49$8.631.7%

Health Care

ItemLimaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $118.00$99.7818.3%
Doctor $87.50$105.0316.7%
Dentist $97.50$88.709.9%
Ibuprofen $9.42$9.410.1%
Lipitor $328.49$298.5010.0%

Housing

ItemLimaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $232,100.00$175,700.0032.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,153.85$1,081.036.7%
Apartment Rent $2,001.00$920.00117.5%

Transportation

ItemLimaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$2.095.0%
Tire Balancing $45.00$45.290.6%

Utilities

ItemLimaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$222.61$170.8030.3%
Phone $25.95$28.268.2%
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.
Arcadia University, PA62311515%
Cheyney University, PA9291066%
Prospect Park, PA28894-6%
Chester, PA34,00790-10%
Upland, PA3,24893-7%
Lima, PA2,34512222%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Argentine, MI2,34594-6%
Inman, SC2,34592-8%
Waterford, NY2,3441055%
Wynnewood, OK2,34374-26%
Palmer, TX2,34793-7%
Lima, PA2,34512222%
Source: The Lima, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.