Newton 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.
IndexNewtonNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index114131100
IndexNewtonNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index112118100
Groceries index110116100
Health care index113111100
Housing index125166100
Transportation index111118100
Utilities index97110100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Newton, NJ is shown above. Compared to the state average of New Jersey the cost of living index in Newton, NJ is 114, which is 13% lower than the average in New Jersey and compared to the national average it is 14% 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 Newton, NJ goods and services come in at 5% lower than the average in New Jersey and are 12% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Newton is 13% lower than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Newton is 14% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Newton is 25% 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$86,389$7,199$2,016$2,592
Renters$25,087$2,091$585$753
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Newton, NJ, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Newton, NJ, the median monthly income is $86,389 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,016 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $25,087, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $585 on monthly rental expenses.

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%
For those who live in Newton, NJ and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the New Jersey income tax rate and the New Jersey 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 Jersey, the sales tax is 7%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 7%. 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 Jersey, the income tax rate ranges between 1.4% to 8.97%.

Goods & Services

ItemNewtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.00$14.5923.3%
Beauty Salon $32.75$34.685.6%
Toothpaste $1.99$2.4719.5%
Shampoo $1.08$1.025.7%
Movie $11.70$9.8718.6%
Bowling $4.72$4.397.5%

Groceries

ItemNewtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.44$4.480.8%
Fried Chicken $1.97$1.4634.6%
Milk $2.57$2.369.1%
Potatoes $3.39$3.0610.7%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.79$8.631.8%

Health Care

ItemNewtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.25$99.782.5%
Doctor $86.25$105.0317.9%
Dentist $119.50$88.7034.7%
Ibuprofen $10.32$9.419.6%
Lipitor $351.24$298.5017.7%

Housing

ItemNewtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $227,300.00$175,700.0029.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,607.16$1,081.0348.7%
Apartment Rent $1,068.00$920.0016.1%

Transportation

ItemNewtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.17$2.093.7%
Tire Balancing $58.80$45.2929.8%

Utilities

ItemNewtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$155.83$170.808.8%
Phone $29.75$28.265.3%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Byram Center, NJ501099%
Ross Corner, NJ011010%
Allamuchy, NJ1001099%
Bridgeville, NJ991099%
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Newton, NJ7,99911414%

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Newton, NJ7,99911414%
Source: The Newton, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.