Princeton 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.
IndexPrincetonNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index166132100
IndexPrincetonNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index112118100
Groceries index110116100
Health care index113111100
Housing index299169100
Transportation index111118100
Utilities index97110100

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  • The cost of living in Princeton is 26% higher than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Princeton is 66% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Princeton is 199% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey state income tax is 37% lower than the national average.

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New Jersey Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New Jersey7%7%

New Jersey Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New Jersey1.4%8.97%

Goods & Services

ItemPrincetonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.00$14.5923.3%
Beauty Salon $32.75$34.685.6%
Toothpaste $1.99$2.4719.5%
Shampoo $1.08$1.025.7%
Movie $11.70$9.8718.6%
Bowling $4.72$4.397.5%

Groceries

ItemPrincetonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.44$4.480.8%
Fried Chicken $1.97$1.4634.6%
Milk $2.57$2.369.1%
Potatoes $3.39$3.0610.7%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.79$8.631.8%

Health Care

ItemPrincetonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.25$99.782.5%
Doctor $86.25$105.0317.9%
Dentist $119.50$88.7034.7%
Ibuprofen $10.32$9.419.6%
Lipitor $351.24$298.5017.7%

Housing

ItemPrincetonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $635,300.00$181,400.00250.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,607.16$1,081.0348.7%
Apartment Rent $1,596.00$889.0079.5%

Transportation

ItemPrincetonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.17$2.093.7%
Tire Balancing $58.80$45.2929.8%

Utilities

ItemPrincetonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$155.83$170.808.8%
Phone $29.75$28.265.3%
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.
Blackwells Mills, NJ5251099%
Zarephath, NJ721099%
Trenton, NJ84,7991000%
Rossmoor, NJ2,8471011%
Clearbrook Park, NJ2,53111111%
Princeton, NJ12,34216666%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Winfield, KS12,33584-16%
Arkansas City, KS12,35080-20%
Camp Pendleton South, CA12,35514343%
Portales, NM12,32782-18%
Morgan City, LA12,32684-16%
Princeton, NJ12,34216666%
Source: The Princeton, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.