North Star 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.
IndexNorth StarDelawareNational
Cost of living index142112100
IndexNorth StarDelawareNational
Goods & Services index108108100
Groceries index103105100
Health care index103102100
Housing index227126100
Transportation index9699100
Utilities index114114100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the North Star, DE cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Delaware and cities across the country, the cost of living index in North Star, DE is 142, which is 27% higher than the Delaware average and 42% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in North Star, DE are equal to the average for Delaware and 8% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in North Star is 27% higher than the Delaware average.
  • The cost of living in North Star is 42% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in North Star is 127% 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)
Owners$151,406$12,617$3,533$4,543
Renters$84,702$7,059$1,976$2,541
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in North Star, 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 North Star, DE homeowners have a median income of $151,406. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $3,533 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $84,702, which means there is a maximum of $1,976 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Delaware Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Delaware0%0%

Delaware Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Delaware0%6.75%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in North Star, DE is the Delaware sales tax and Delaware income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Delaware sales tax rate is 0% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 0%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Delaware income tax rates range from 0% to 6.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemNorth StarNational 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%

Groceries

ItemNorth StarNational 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

ItemNorth StarNational 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%

Housing

ItemNorth StarNational avg.Difference
Home Price $431,300.00$175,700.00145.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,153.85$1,081.036.7%
Apartment Rent $1,681.00$920.0082.7%

Transportation

ItemNorth StarNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$2.095.0%
Tire Balancing $45.00$45.290.6%

Utilities

ItemNorth StarNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Cheyney University, PA9291066%
Lincoln University, PA1,7711066%
Modena, PA49696-4%
Salem, NJ5,04596-4%
Penns Grove, NJ5,08298-2%
North Star, DE7,65514242%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Baldwinsville, NY7,65594-6%
Gold River, CA7,65813838%
Brevard, NC7,65198-2%
Butner, NC7,66191-9%
East Franklin, NJ7,64712323%
North Star, DE7,65514242%
Source: The North Star, DE cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.