Norwalk 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.
IndexNorwalkConnecticutNational
Cost of living index147128100
IndexNorwalkConnecticutNational
Goods & Services index126123100
Groceries index122125100
Health care index115117100
Housing index207144100
Transportation index100105100
Utilities index132130100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Norwalk, CT. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Norwalk, CT being 147, that puts it 15% higher than the average of Connecticut and 47% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Norwalk, CT, the price of goods and services are 2% higher than the average of Connecticut as well as 26% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Norwalk is 15% higher than the Connecticut average.
  • The cost of living in Norwalk is 47% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Norwalk is 107% higher than the national average.
  • Connecticut general sales tax is 25% higher than the national average.
  • Connecticut state income tax is 35% higher 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$94,276$7,856$2,200$2,829
Renters$46,878$3,907$1,094$1,406
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Norwalk, CT as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Norwalk, CT homeowners, is $94,276. This would allow for a maximum of $2,200 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $46,878 which would result in a maximum of $1,094 to be spent on rental costs.

Connecticut Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Connecticut6.35%6.35%

Connecticut Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Connecticut3%6.7%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Norwalk, CT you will want to make sure you consider both the Connecticut sales tax and the Connecticut income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Connecticut is 6.35%, with the highest surtax being 6.35%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Connecticut have a range from 3% to 6.7%.

Goods & Services

ItemNorwalkNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.00$14.5937.0%
Beauty Salon $67.50$34.6894.6%
Toothpaste $4.04$2.4763.3%
Shampoo $0.88$1.0213.9%
Movie $14.75$9.8749.5%
Bowling $7.94$4.3980.8%

Groceries

ItemNorwalkNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.99$4.4810.9%
Fried Chicken $1.04$1.4629.0%
Milk $2.26$2.364.1%
Potatoes $3.92$3.0628.0%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $9.82$8.6313.8%

Health Care

ItemNorwalkNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $111.67$99.7811.9%
Doctor $123.75$105.0317.8%
Dentist $110.00$88.7024.0%
Ibuprofen $10.33$9.419.8%
Lipitor $299.00$298.500.2%

Housing

ItemNorwalkNational avg.Difference
Home Price $406,600.00$175,700.00131.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,127.00$1,081.0396.8%
Apartment Rent $1,371.00$920.0049.0%

Transportation

ItemNorwalkNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.06$2.091.5%
Tire Balancing $47.99$45.296.0%

Utilities

ItemNorwalkNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$262.56$170.8053.7%
Phone $29.01$28.262.7%
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.
Bridgeport, CT146,68011717%
Wilton Center, CT67612727%
Kings Park, NY17,69414848%
St. James, NY13,27415050%
Trumbull, CT36,44415151%
Norwalk, CT87,21414747%

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Fort Smith, AR87,19385-15%
San Leandro, CA87,15914040%
Newton, MA86,94519090%
Chico, CA87,51712929%
Greenville, NC87,54694-6%
Norwalk, CT87,21414747%
Source: The Norwalk, CT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.