New York 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 YorkNew YorkNational
Cost of living index168122100
IndexNew YorkNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index151112100
Groceries index121103100
Health care index117104100
Housing index236149100
Transportation index138122100
Utilities index133102100
A general summary of the cost of living index in New York, NY is shown above. Compared to the state average of New York the cost of living index in New York, NY is 168, which is 38% higher than the average in New York and compared to the national average it is 68% 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 New York, NY goods and services come in at 34% higher than the average in New York and are 51% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in New York is 38% higher than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in New York is 68% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in New York is 136% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in New York, NY to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to New York, NY, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the New York, NY salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$85,930$7,161$2,005$2,578
Renters$41,060$3,422$958$1,232
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in New York, 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 New York, NY homeowners have a median income of $85,930. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,005 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $41,060, which means there is a maximum of $958 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%
For those who live in New York, NY and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the New York income tax rate and the New York 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 New York, the sales tax is 4%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8.875%. 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 New York, the income tax rate ranges between 4% to 8.82%.

Goods & Services

ItemNew YorkNational avg.Difference
Haircut $22.50$14.5954.2%
Beauty Salon $70.55$34.68103.4%
Toothpaste $4.04$2.4763.3%
Shampoo $1.14$1.0211.5%
Movie $13.83$9.8740.1%
Bowling $12.33$4.39180.8%

Groceries

ItemNew YorkNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.46$4.480.4%
Fried Chicken $1.04$1.4629.0%
Milk $1.92$2.3618.5%
Potatoes $4.37$3.0642.7%
Pizza $11.49$9.2424.3%
Beer $13.09$8.6351.6%

Health Care

ItemNew YorkNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $103.33$99.783.6%
Doctor $122.50$105.0316.6%
Dentist $117.50$88.7032.5%
Ibuprofen $10.06$9.416.9%
Lipitor $302.11$298.501.2%

Housing

ItemNew YorkNational avg.Difference
Home Price $490,700.00$175,700.00179.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $4,902.79$1,081.03353.5%
Apartment Rent $1,234.00$920.0034.1%

Transportation

ItemNew YorkNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.64$2.0926.2%
Tire Balancing $78.00$45.2972.2%

Utilities

ItemNew YorkNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$259.80$170.8052.1%
Phone $30.33$28.267.3%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
East Orange, NJ64,53811313%
Newark, NJ278,75011414%
Roselle, NJ21,34811414%
Perth Amboy, NJ51,72711717%
Silver Lake, NJ3,59412323%
New York, NY8,354,88916868%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Los Angeles, CA3,862,21014242%
Chicago, IL2,712,60811111%
New York, NY8,354,88916868%
Source: The New York, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.