Plum 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.
IndexPlumPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index97102100
IndexPlumPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index97103100
Groceries index100105100
Health care index9597100
Housing index8493100
Transportation index120112100
Utilities index108112100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Plum, PA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Plum, PA being 97, that puts it 5% lower than the average of Pennsylvania and 3% lower 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 Plum, PA, the price of goods and services are 6% lower than the average of Pennsylvania as well as 3% lower than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Plum is 5% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Plum is 3% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Plum is 16% 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$75,234$6,270$1,755$2,257
Renters$42,094$3,508$982$1,263
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Plum, PA, 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 Plum, PA homeowners have a median income of $75,234. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,755 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $42,094, which means there is a maximum of $982 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
The Pennsylvania sales tax and Pennsylvania income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Plum, PA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Pennsylvania sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 8%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Pennsylvania income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemPlumNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.25$14.599.2%
Beauty Salon $37.49$34.688.1%
Toothpaste $1.74$2.4729.6%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $8.65$9.8712.3%
Bowling $3.95$4.3910.1%

Groceries

ItemPlumNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.89$4.489.2%
Fried Chicken $1.72$1.4617.5%
Milk $2.04$2.3613.4%
Potatoes $3.49$3.0614.0%
Pizza $8.70$9.245.9%
Beer $9.99$8.6315.7%

Health Care

ItemPlumNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $87.00$99.7812.8%
Doctor $89.83$105.0314.5%
Dentist $82.00$88.707.6%
Ibuprofen $9.92$9.415.4%
Lipitor $325.87$298.509.2%

Housing

ItemPlumNational avg.Difference
Home Price $139,700.00$175,700.0020.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $963.99$1,081.0310.8%
Apartment Rent $869.00$920.005.5%

Transportation

ItemPlumNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.56$2.0922.4%
Tire Balancing $51.54$45.2913.8%

Utilities

ItemPlumNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$200.47$170.8017.4%
Phone $26.50$28.266.2%
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.
Rankin, PA2,14279-21%
Braddock, PA2,03080-20%
North Braddock, PA4,84781-19%
Arnold City, PA60981-19%
East Pittsburgh, PA1,91082-18%
Plum, PA27,38697-3%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Frankfort, KY27,38989-11%
Glen Ellyn, IL27,39413030%
Enterprise, AL27,37591-9%
Slidell, LA27,37296-4%
Saugus, MA27,36914040%
Plum, PA27,38697-3%
Source: The Plum, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.