Orange 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.
Cost of living index148128100
Goods & Services index126123100
Groceries index122125100
Health care index115117100
Housing index210144100
Transportation index100105100
Utilities index132130100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Orange, CT is displayed above. In Orange, CT, the overall cost of living index is 148, which is 16% higher than the Connecticut average and 48% 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 Orange, CT, the city's goods and services are 2% higher than the Connecticut average and 26% higher than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Orange is 16% higher than the Connecticut average.
  • The cost of living in Orange is 48% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Orange is 110% 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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The salary calculator allows you to compare how much your current salary in Orange, CT would be worth in another city. In other words, the salary calculator will adjust the figure you enter for cost of living so that you can determine how much more or much less you would need to earn while maintaining your current quality of living. If you are considering relocating to a more expensive city than Orange, CT, the calculator will tell you how much more you need to earn so you can assess job offers more accurately. The Orange, CT salary calculator is easy to use. All you do is enter the name of another city, then move the slider to your current income. After that, the salary calculator will crunch the numbers for you and give you the information you need about the place you are considering going. Additionally, it will show a detailed breakdown of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Orange, CT, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Orange, CT has a median income of about $110,238 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,572 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $46,065. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,075 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Connecticut Sales Tax

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Connecticut Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Orange, CT is the Connecticut sales tax and Connecticut 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 Connecticut sales tax rate is 6.35% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 6.35%. 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 Connecticut income tax rates range from 3% to 6.7%.

Goods & Services

ItemOrangeNational 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%


ItemOrangeNational 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

ItemOrangeNational 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%


ItemOrangeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $387,800.00$175,700.00120.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,127.00$1,081.0396.8%
Apartment Rent $1,716.00$920.0086.5%


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


ItemOrangeNational 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.
Heritage Village, CT4,12611616%
Bridgeport, CT146,68011717%
Naugatuck, CT31,79011818%
New Haven, CT130,55311919%
West Haven, CT55,29012121%
Orange, CT13,94714848%

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Elk Plain, WA13,94711010%
Allouez, WI13,94896-4%
Cherry Hill Mall, NJ13,95012424%
Stony Brook, NY13,93616060%
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Orange, CT13,94714848%
Source: The Orange, CT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.