Littlestown 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.
Cost of living index101102100
Goods & Services index103103100
Groceries index99105100
Health care index9497100
Housing index9693100
Transportation index101112100
Utilities index113112100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Littlestown, PA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Littlestown, PA enjoy a cost of living index of 101. This index is 1% lower than the Pennsylvania average, and 1% 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 Littlestown, PA, the average cost of goods and services is 1% lower than it is in Pennsylvania, and it is 3% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Littlestown is 1% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Littlestown is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Littlestown is 4% 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)
The affordability of the housing market in Littlestown, PA 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 Littlestown, PA homeowners, the median income is $68,686. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,603 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $38,125. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $890 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

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Pennsylvania Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Littlestown, PA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Pennsylvania, as well as the rate for income tax in Pennsylvania. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Pennsylvania is 8%, and the sales tax in the state of Pennsylvania is 6%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Pennsylvania starts from 3.07% and goes up to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemLittlestownNational 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%


ItemLittlestownNational 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

ItemLittlestownNational 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%


ItemLittlestownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $172,900.00$175,700.001.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,025.12$1,081.035.2%
Apartment Rent $846.00$920.008.0%


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


ItemLittlestownNational 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.

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Flora Dale, PA01033%
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Heidlersburg, PA68084-16%
Jefferson, PA25587-13%
Littlestown, PA4,4381011%

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Source: The Littlestown, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.