Mercerville 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.
IndexMercervilleNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index118127100
IndexMercervilleNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index113114100
Groceries index102104100
Health care index102100100
Housing index140166100
Transportation index106107100
Utilities index109110100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Mercerville, NJ is shown above. Compared to the state average of New Jersey the cost of living index in Mercerville, NJ is 118, which is 7% lower than the average in New Jersey and compared to the national average it is 18% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Mercerville, NJ goods and services come in at 1% lower than the average in New Jersey and are 13% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Mercerville is 7% lower than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Mercerville is 18% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Mercerville is 40% 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$90,833$7,569$2,119$2,725
Renters$36,944$3,079$862$1,108
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Mercerville, NJ by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Mercerville, NJ have a median income of $90,833. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,119 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $36,944, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $862.

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 Mercerville, 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

ItemMercervilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.80$15.5627.2%
Beauty Salon $31.53$36.1112.7%
Toothpaste $2.04$2.4717.4%
Shampoo $0.96$0.960.9%
Movie $12.25$10.1321.0%
Bowling $4.44$4.746.3%

Groceries

ItemMercervilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.72$3.986.7%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.411.2%
Milk $2.35$2.0613.9%
Potatoes $2.76$2.987.6%
Pizza $8.16$9.4713.8%
Beer $9.12$8.793.7%

Health Care

ItemMercervilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $104.60$101.043.5%
Doctor $88.87$107.4417.3%
Dentist $110.17$90.4221.8%
Ibuprofen $8.59$9.287.4%
Lipitor $389.54$426.508.7%

Housing

ItemMercervilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $260,400.00$175,700.0048.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,533.70$1,133.2335.3%
Apartment Rent $1,117.00$920.0021.4%

Transportation

ItemMercervilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.92$1.993.6%
Tire Balancing $59.07$45.7629.1%

Utilities

ItemMercervilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$168.73$163.813.0%
Phone $33.50$28.3918.0%
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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Rossmoor, NJ2,81498-2%
Trenton, NJ84,45999-1%
Beverly, NJ2,5731077%
Burlington, NJ9,8651088%
Roebling, NJ3,8611099%
Mercerville, NJ13,04811818%

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Mercerville, NJ13,04811818%
Source: The Mercerville, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.