Progress 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 index99102100
Goods & Services index103103100
Groceries index99105100
Health care index9497100
Housing index9093100
Transportation index101112100
Utilities index113112100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Progress, PA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Pennsylvania and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Progress, PA is 99, which is 3% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 1% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Progress, PA are 1% lower than the average for Pennsylvania and 3% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Progress is 3% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Progress is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Progress is 10% 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Progress, PA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Progress, PA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Progress, PA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Progress, PA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Progress, PA homeowners, is $74,760. This would allow for a maximum of $1,744 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $36,498 which would result in a maximum of $852 to be spent on rental costs.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

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Pennsylvania Income Tax

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The Pennsylvania sales tax and Pennsylvania income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Progress, 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

ItemProgressNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.80$14.5912.3%
Beauty Salon $31.83$34.688.2%
Toothpaste $2.33$2.475.8%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $9.00$9.878.8%
Bowling $4.33$4.391.4%


ItemProgressNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.93$4.4810.1%
Fried Chicken $1.60$1.469.3%
Milk $2.10$2.3610.9%
Potatoes $3.08$3.060.6%
Pizza $6.99$9.2424.4%
Beer $10.94$8.6326.7%

Health Care

ItemProgressNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $82.60$99.7817.2%
Doctor $90.75$105.0313.6%
Dentist $85.00$88.704.2%
Ibuprofen $8.47$9.4110.0%
Lipitor $314.48$298.505.4%


ItemProgressNational avg.Difference
Home Price $152,500.00$175,700.0013.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,025.12$1,081.035.2%
Apartment Rent $907.00$920.001.4%


ItemProgressNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.20$2.095.2%
Tire Balancing $40.80$45.299.9%


ItemProgressNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.86$170.807.6%
Phone $34.18$28.2621.0%
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.
Messiah College, PA2,3051033%
Fort Indiantown Gap, PA761033%
New Market, PA54687-13%
Oberlin, PA46789-11%
Harrisburg, PA49,29790-10%
Progress, PA9,71799-1%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Monticello, AR9,71882-18%
Berlin, NH9,71096-4%
Brookdale, NJ9,70613333%
Arden Hills, MN9,70011919%
Clay, AL9,69996-4%
Progress, PA9,71799-1%
Source: The Progress, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.