Quakertown 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.
IndexQuakertownPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index112102100
IndexQuakertownPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index115103100
Groceries index117105100
Health care index9997100
Housing index10593100
Transportation index117112100
Utilities index121112100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Quakertown, PA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Pennsylvania the cost of living index in Quakertown, PA is 112, which is 10% higher than the average in Pennsylvania and compared to the national average it is 12% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Quakertown, PA goods and services come in at 11% higher than the average in Pennsylvania and are 15% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Quakertown is 10% higher than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Quakertown is 12% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Quakertown is 5% higher 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 Quakertown, 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 Quakertown, PA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Quakertown, 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)
Owners$73,672$6,139$1,719$2,210
Renters$35,191$2,933$821$1,056
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Quakertown, PA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Quakertown, PA, the median monthly income is $73,672 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,719 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $35,191, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $821 on monthly rental expenses.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Quakertown, PA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Pennsylvania, as well as the rate for income tax in Pennsylvania. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Pennsylvania is 8%, and the sales tax in the state of Pennsylvania is 6%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Pennsylvania starts from 3.07% and goes up to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemQuakertownNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $52.00$34.6849.9%
Toothpaste $2.36$2.474.6%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $10.75$9.878.9%
Bowling $5.04$4.3914.8%

Groceries

ItemQuakertownNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.74$4.485.9%
Fried Chicken $1.69$1.4615.4%
Milk $2.25$2.364.5%
Potatoes $3.49$3.0614.0%
Pizza $10.74$9.2416.2%
Beer $8.39$8.632.8%

Health Care

ItemQuakertownNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $106.00$99.786.2%
Doctor $118.75$105.0313.1%
Dentist $95.00$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $9.89$9.415.1%
Lipitor $200.00$298.5033.0%

Housing

ItemQuakertownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $187,800.00$175,700.006.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,419.25$1,081.0331.3%
Apartment Rent $914.00$920.000.7%

Transportation

ItemQuakertownNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.46$2.0917.6%
Tire Balancing $52.00$45.2914.8%

Utilities

ItemQuakertownNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$186.98$170.809.5%
Phone $38.50$28.2636.3%
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.

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Quakertown, PA8,93911212%

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Napoleon, OH8,94089-11%
Olmsted Falls, OH8,94398-2%
Monett, MO8,93585-15%
Bennington, VT8,93399-1%
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Quakertown, PA8,93911212%
Source: The Quakertown, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.