Plainview 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.
IndexPlainviewNew YorkNational
Cost of living index164122100
IndexPlainviewNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index126112100
Groceries index122103100
Health care index115104100
Housing index262149100
Transportation index100122100
Utilities index132102100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Plainview, NY is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Plainview, NY enjoy a cost of living index of 164. This index is 34% higher than the New York average, and 64% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Plainview, NY, the average cost of goods and services is 12% higher than it is in New York, and it is 26% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Plainview is 34% higher than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in Plainview is 64% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Plainview is 162% higher than the national average.
  • New York general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • New York state income tax is 80% 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)
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Plainview, NY, 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 Plainview, NY homeowners have a median income of $127,092. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,965 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $41,198, which means there is a maximum of $961 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

New York Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New York4%8.875%

New York Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New York4%8.82%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Plainview, NY is the New York sales tax and New York 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 New York sales tax rate is 4% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 8.875%. 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 New York income tax rates range from 4% to 8.82%.

Goods & Services

ItemPlainviewNational 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%


ItemPlainviewNational 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

ItemPlainviewNational 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%


ItemPlainviewNational avg.Difference
Home Price $492,800.00$175,700.00180.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,127.00$1,081.0396.8%
Apartment Rent $2,001.00$920.00117.5%


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


ItemPlainviewNational 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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Central Islip, NY36,23313131%
Brentwood, NY59,43613131%
Baywood, NY7,68113232%
North Amityville, NY19,60813232%
North Bay Shore, NY19,99513232%
Plainview, NY26,20616464%

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Plainview, NY26,20616464%
Source: The Plainview, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.