Palo Alto 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.
IndexPalo AltoPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index87100100
IndexPalo AltoPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index9999100
Groceries index103102100
Health care index7590100
Housing index5093100
Transportation index113109100
Utilities index118115100

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  • The cost of living in Palo Alto is 12% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Palo Alto is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Palo Alto is 50% lower than the national average.
  • Pennsylvania general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Pennsylvania state income tax is 38% 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$50,625$4,219$1,181$1,519
Renters$41,034$3,420$957$1,231

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%

Goods & Services

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.94$15.564.0%
Beauty Salon $28.92$36.1119.9%
Toothpaste $2.50$2.471.0%
Shampoo $0.97$0.960.5%
Movie $9.89$10.132.4%
Bowling $5.20$4.749.8%

Groceries

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.68$3.987.7%
Fried Chicken $1.40$1.410.7%
Milk $1.77$2.0614.2%
Potatoes $3.22$2.988.1%
Pizza $8.94$9.475.6%
Beer $9.21$8.794.8%

Health Care

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $69.07$101.0431.6%
Doctor $65.78$107.4438.8%
Dentist $59.17$90.4234.6%
Ibuprofen $9.00$9.283.0%
Lipitor $436.05$426.502.2%

Housing

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $69,400.00$175,700.0060.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,147.79$1,133.231.3%
Apartment Rent $698.00$920.0024.1%

Transportation

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.20$1.9910.2%
Tire Balancing $55.18$45.7620.6%

Utilities

ItemPalo AltoNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$194.54$163.8118.8%
Phone $33.24$28.3917.1%
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.
Strong, PA281033%
Centralia, PA21033%
Heckscherville, PA15479-21%
Wilburton Number Two, PA8182-18%
Delano, PA38982-18%
Palo Alto, PA1,06687-13%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Rio Grande, OH1,06688-12%
Minkler, CA1,06613333%
Stonington, CT1,06617171%
Lake Park, IA1,06588-12%
Edinburg, IL1,06583-17%
Palo Alto, PA1,06687-13%
Source: The Palo Alto, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.