Manasquan 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.
IndexManasquanNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index161131100
IndexManasquanNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index112118100
Groceries index110116100
Health care index113111100
Housing index282166100
Transportation index111118100
Utilities index97110100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Manasquan, NJ cost of living index. Compared to other cities in New Jersey and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Manasquan, NJ is 161, which is 23% higher than the New Jersey average and 61% 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 Manasquan, NJ are 5% lower than the average for New Jersey and 12% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Manasquan is 23% higher than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Manasquan is 61% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Manasquan is 182% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey state income tax is 37% lower 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$109,615$9,135$2,558$3,289
Renters$60,318$5,027$1,407$1,810
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Manasquan, NJ, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Manasquan, NJ has a median income of about $109,615 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,558 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $60,318. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,407 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

New Jersey Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New Jersey7%7%

New Jersey Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New Jersey1.4%8.97%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Manasquan, NJ, the New Jersey income tax and the New Jersey 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 Jersey maximum surtax is 7%, and the New Jersey sales tax is 7%. 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 1.4% to 8.97% in New Jersey.

Goods & Services

ItemManasquanNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.00$14.5923.3%
Beauty Salon $32.75$34.685.6%
Toothpaste $1.99$2.4719.5%
Shampoo $1.08$1.025.7%
Movie $11.70$9.8718.6%
Bowling $4.72$4.397.5%

Groceries

ItemManasquanNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.44$4.480.8%
Fried Chicken $1.97$1.4634.6%
Milk $2.57$2.369.1%
Potatoes $3.39$3.0610.7%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.79$8.631.8%

Health Care

ItemManasquanNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.25$99.782.5%
Doctor $86.25$105.0317.9%
Dentist $119.50$88.7034.7%
Ibuprofen $10.32$9.419.6%
Lipitor $351.24$298.5017.7%

Housing

ItemManasquanNational avg.Difference
Home Price $606,400.00$175,700.00245.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,607.16$1,081.0348.7%
Apartment Rent $1,254.00$920.0036.3%

Transportation

ItemManasquanNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.17$2.093.7%
Tire Balancing $58.80$45.2929.8%

Utilities

ItemManasquanNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$155.83$170.808.8%
Phone $29.75$28.265.3%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Cedar Glen West, NJ95583-17%
Pine Ridge at Crestwood, NJ2,23992-8%
Silver Ridge, NJ1,44798-2%
Leisure Village, NJ4,20198-2%
Leisure Village West, NJ3,2911000%
Manasquan, NJ5,84116161%

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Sandersville, GA5,83984-16%
Simsbury Center, CT5,84313333%
Washingtonville, NY5,83712525%
Milliken, CO5,8371011%
Richwood, LA5,84678-22%
Manasquan, NJ5,84116161%
Source: The Manasquan, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.