Menands 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.
IndexMenandsNew YorkNational
Cost of living index115120100
IndexMenandsNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index115110100
Groceries index109105100
Health care index9899100
Housing index130149100
Transportation index107111100
Utilities index91102100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Menands, NY cost of living index. Compared to other cities in New York and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Menands, NY is 115, which is 4% lower than the New York average and 15% 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 Menands, NY are 4% higher than the average for New York and 15% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Menands is 4% lower than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in Menands is 15% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Menands is 30% higher than the national average.
  • New York general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • New York state income tax is 80% 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$72,763$6,064$1,698$2,183
Renters$60,982$5,082$1,423$1,830
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Menands, NY, 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 Menands, NY homeowners have a median income of $72,763. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,698 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $60,982, which means there is a maximum of $1,423 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

New York Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New York4%8.875%

New York Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New York4%8.82%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Menands, NY is the New York sales tax and New York 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 New York sales tax rate is 4% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 8.875%. 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 New York income tax rates range from 4% to 8.82%.

Goods & Services

ItemMenandsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $22.21$15.5642.7%
Beauty Salon $38.15$36.115.7%
Toothpaste $4.05$2.4763.8%
Shampoo $1.45$0.9649.9%
Movie $12.13$10.1319.8%
Bowling $3.69$4.7422.1%

Groceries

ItemMenandsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.52$3.9813.5%
Fried Chicken $1.47$1.414.7%
Milk $2.75$2.0633.1%
Potatoes $3.00$2.980.5%
Pizza $10.87$9.4714.7%
Beer $9.82$8.7911.7%

Health Care

ItemMenandsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $91.63$101.049.3%
Doctor $102.93$107.444.2%
Dentist $92.72$90.422.5%
Ibuprofen $9.00$9.283.0%
Lipitor $402.30$426.505.7%

Housing

ItemMenandsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $237,200.00$175,700.0035.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,343.08$1,133.2318.5%
Apartment Rent $1,095.00$920.0019.0%

Transportation

ItemMenandsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.18$1.999.5%
Tire Balancing $46.70$45.762.1%

Utilities

ItemMenandsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$148.48$163.819.4%
Phone $26.00$28.398.4%
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.
Schenectady, NY66,05598-2%
Green Island, NY2,61299-1%
Watervliet, NY10,2501000%
Troy, NY49,9651011%
Nassau, NY1,1031011%
Menands, NY4,00411515%

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Fairview CDP, NJ4,00415555%
Sheffield, OH4,0041066%
Addis, LA4,00496-4%
Ipswich, MA4,00314141%
Ball, LA4,00593-7%
Menands, NY4,00411515%
Source: The Menands, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.