Messiah College 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.
IndexMessiah CollegePennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index103102100
IndexMessiah CollegePennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index103103100
Groceries index99105100
Health care index9497100
Housing indexn/a93100
Transportation index101112100
Utilities index113112100

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  • The cost of living in Messiah College is 1% higher than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Messiah College is 3% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Messiah College is equal to 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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Goods & Services

ItemMessiah CollegeNational 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%


ItemMessiah CollegeNational 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

ItemMessiah CollegeNational 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%


ItemMessiah CollegeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $0.00$175,700.00100.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,025.12$1,081.035.2%
Apartment Rent $0.00$920.00100.0%


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


ItemMessiah CollegeNational 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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Flora Dale, PA01033%
Heidlersburg, PA68084-16%
New Market, PA54687-13%
Oberlin, PA46789-11%
York, PA43,81789-11%
Messiah College, PA2,3051033%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Presidential Lakes Estates, NJ2,30611717%
Guntown, MS2,30681-19%
Brewster, MA2,30615555%
Crystal Lawns, IL2,3061099%
Canisteo, NY2,30488-12%
Messiah College, PA2,3051033%
Source: The Messiah College, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.