Linglestown 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.
IndexLinglestownPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index102102100
IndexLinglestownPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index103103100
Groceries index99105100
Health care index9497100
Housing index10193100
Transportation index101112100
Utilities index113112100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Linglestown, PA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Pennsylvania and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Linglestown, PA is 102, which is equal to the Pennsylvania average and 2% higher 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 Linglestown, PA are 1% lower than the average for Pennsylvania and 3% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Linglestown is equal to the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Linglestown is 2% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Linglestown is 1% 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$76,740$6,395$1,790$2,302
Renters$53,938$4,495$1,258$1,618
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Linglestown, PA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Linglestown, PA homeowners have a median income of $76,740. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,790 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $53,938, which means there is a maximum of $1,258 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
The Pennsylvania sales tax and Pennsylvania income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Linglestown, PA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Pennsylvania sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 8%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Pennsylvania income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemLinglestownNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.80$14.5912.3%
Beauty Salon $31.83$34.688.2%
Toothpaste $2.33$2.475.8%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $9.00$9.878.8%
Bowling $4.33$4.391.4%

Groceries

ItemLinglestownNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.93$4.4810.1%
Fried Chicken $1.60$1.469.3%
Milk $2.10$2.3610.9%
Potatoes $3.08$3.060.6%
Pizza $6.99$9.2424.4%
Beer $10.94$8.6326.7%

Health Care

ItemLinglestownNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $82.60$99.7817.2%
Doctor $90.75$105.0313.6%
Dentist $85.00$88.704.2%
Ibuprofen $8.47$9.4110.0%
Lipitor $314.48$298.505.4%

Housing

ItemLinglestownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $172,900.00$175,700.001.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,025.12$1,081.035.2%
Apartment Rent $975.00$920.006.0%

Transportation

ItemLinglestownNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.20$2.095.2%
Tire Balancing $40.80$45.299.9%

Utilities

ItemLinglestownNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.86$170.807.6%
Phone $34.18$28.2621.0%
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.
Messiah College, PA2,3051033%
Fort Indiantown Gap, PA761033%
New Market, PA54687-13%
Oberlin, PA46789-11%
Harrisburg, PA49,29790-10%
Linglestown, PA6,4821022%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Ambler, PA6,48112121%
Hewlett, NY6,48116767%
Seaside, OR6,48112323%
Millersville, TN6,48196-4%
Edinboro, PA6,48486-14%
Linglestown, PA6,4821022%
Source: The Linglestown, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.