New Castle 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.
IndexNew CastleDelawareNational
Cost of living index110112100
IndexNew CastleDelawareNational
Goods & Services index108108100
Groceries index103105100
Health care index103102100
Housing index120126100
Transportation index9699100
Utilities index114114100
A general overview of the cost of living index for New Castle, DE is displayed above. In New Castle, DE, the overall cost of living index is 110, which is 2% lower than the Delaware average and 10% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of New Castle, DE, the city's goods and services are equal to the Delaware average and 8% higher than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in New Castle is 2% lower than the Delaware average.
  • The cost of living in New Castle is 10% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in New Castle is 20% higher than the national average.
  • Delaware general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Delaware state income tax is 100% 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)
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in New Castle, DE, 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 New Castle, DE homeowners have a median income of $61,923. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,445 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $47,438, which means there is a maximum of $1,107 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Delaware Sales Tax

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Delaware Income Tax

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For those who live in New Castle, DE and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Delaware income tax rate and the Delaware sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Delaware, the sales tax is 0%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 0%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Delaware, the income tax rate ranges between 0% to 6.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemNew CastleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.00$14.594.1%
Beauty Salon $40.00$34.6815.3%
Toothpaste $2.22$2.4710.2%
Shampoo $0.91$1.0211.0%
Movie $11.50$9.8716.5%
Bowling $4.50$4.392.5%


ItemNew CastleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.42$4.481.3%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.466.6%
Milk $2.14$2.369.2%
Potatoes $3.66$3.0619.6%
Pizza $8.49$9.248.1%
Beer $8.49$8.631.7%

Health Care

ItemNew CastleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $118.00$99.7818.3%
Doctor $87.50$105.0316.7%
Dentist $97.50$88.709.9%
Ibuprofen $9.42$9.410.1%
Lipitor $328.49$298.5010.0%


ItemNew CastleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $207,500.00$175,700.0018.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,153.85$1,081.036.7%
Apartment Rent $1,152.00$920.0025.2%


ItemNew CastleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$2.095.0%
Tire Balancing $45.00$45.290.6%


ItemNew CastleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$222.61$170.8030.3%
Phone $25.95$28.268.2%
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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Prospect Park, PA28894-6%
Chester, PA34,00790-10%
Upland, PA3,24893-7%
Marcus Hook, PA2,43094-6%
Linwood, PA3,39494-6%
New Castle, DE5,34611010%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Hartsdale, NY5,34613636%
Englewood Cliffs, NJ5,346233133%
Waterford, WI5,3461011%
Wind Lake, WI5,34711111%
Solvang, CA5,34516363%
New Castle, DE5,34611010%
Source: The New Castle, DE cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.