Ringwood 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.
IndexRingwoodNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index139131100
IndexRingwoodNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index115118100
Groceries index106116100
Health care index107111100
Housing index207166100
Transportation index111118100
Utilities index98110100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Ringwood, NJ cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Ringwood, NJ is 139, which is 6% higher than the New Jersey average and 39% higher 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 Ringwood, NJ are 3% lower than the New Jersey average and 15% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Ringwood is 6% higher than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Ringwood is 39% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Ringwood is 107% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$108,977$9,081$2,543$3,270
Renters$41,086$3,424$959$1,233
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Ringwood, NJ, 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 Ringwood, NJ, the median monthly income is $108,977 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,543 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $41,086, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $959 on monthly rental expenses.

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%
The New Jersey sales tax and New Jersey income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Ringwood, NJ. 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 New Jersey sales tax is 7% and the maximum surtax is 7%. 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 New Jersey income tax rates range from 1.4% to 8.97%.

Goods & Services

ItemRingwoodNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.00$14.5930.2%
Beauty Salon $33.75$34.682.7%
Toothpaste $2.29$2.477.4%
Shampoo $1.00$1.022.2%
Movie $11.70$9.8718.6%
Bowling $4.55$4.393.6%

Groceries

ItemRingwoodNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.39$4.481.9%
Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4635.9%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.39$3.0610.7%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.19$8.636.5%

Health Care

ItemRingwoodNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $91.25$99.788.5%
Doctor $90.00$105.0314.3%
Dentist $107.25$88.7020.9%
Ibuprofen $9.49$9.410.8%
Lipitor $341.01$298.5014.2%

Housing

ItemRingwoodNational avg.Difference
Home Price $364,700.00$175,700.00107.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,790.20$1,081.0365.6%
Apartment Rent $1,904.00$920.00107.0%

Transportation

ItemRingwoodNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.17$2.093.7%
Tire Balancing $59.16$45.2930.6%

Utilities

ItemRingwoodNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.41$170.806.7%
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.

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Vernon Center, NJ2,0111088%
Harriman, NY2,77112525%
Paterson, NJ146,34111919%
Mount Ivy, NY6,92612828%
Haledon, NJ8,39712121%
Ringwood, NJ12,32013939%

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Ringwood, NJ12,32013939%
Source: The Ringwood, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.