Red Lion 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.
IndexRed LionPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index93100100
IndexRed LionPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index10099100
Groceries index97102100
Health care index9090100
Housing index7693100
Transportation index100109100
Utilities index113115100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Red Lion, PA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Red Lion, PA is 93, which is 6% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 7% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Red Lion, PA are 2% higher than the Pennsylvania average and equal to the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Red Lion is 6% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Red Lion is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Red Lion is 24% 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 Red Lion, 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 Red Lion, PA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Red Lion, 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$55,214$4,601$1,288$1,657
Renters$30,349$2,529$708$911
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Red Lion, PA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Red Lion, PA has a median income of about $55,214 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,288 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $30,349. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $708 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Red Lion, PA you will want to make sure you consider both the Pennsylvania sales tax and the Pennsylvania income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Pennsylvania is 6%, with the highest surtax being 8%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Pennsylvania have a range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemRed LionNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.00$15.5616.5%
Beauty Salon $30.83$36.1114.6%
Toothpaste $2.25$2.479.0%
Shampoo $0.98$0.961.9%
Movie $9.11$10.1310.0%
Bowling $4.30$4.749.1%

Groceries

ItemRed LionNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.32$3.988.5%
Fried Chicken $1.46$1.413.8%
Milk $1.89$2.068.3%
Potatoes $3.49$2.9816.9%
Pizza $6.99$9.4726.2%
Beer $10.94$8.7924.4%

Health Care

ItemRed LionNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $88.69$101.0412.2%
Doctor $92.98$107.4413.5%
Dentist $77.23$90.4214.6%
Ibuprofen $8.75$9.285.7%
Lipitor $437.76$426.502.6%

Housing

ItemRed LionNational avg.Difference
Home Price $130,700.00$175,700.0025.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,023.97$1,133.239.6%
Apartment Rent $727.00$920.0021.0%

Transportation

ItemRed LionNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.13$1.997.0%
Tire Balancing $38.58$45.7615.7%

Utilities

ItemRed LionNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$170.91$163.814.3%
Phone $35.44$28.3924.9%
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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Jefferson, PA25586-14%
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New Salem, PA36688-12%
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Red Lion, PA6,34393-7%

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Red Lion, PA6,34393-7%
Source: The Red Lion, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.