Rockville Centre 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.
IndexRockville CentreNew YorkNational
Cost of living index182122100
IndexRockville CentreNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index151112100
Groceries index121103100
Health care index117104100
Housing index282149100
Transportation index138122100
Utilities index133102100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Rockville Centre, NY is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Rockville Centre, NY enjoy a cost of living index of 182. This index is 49% higher than the New York average, and 82% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Rockville Centre, NY, the average cost of goods and services is 34% higher than it is in New York, and it is 51% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Rockville Centre is 49% higher than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in Rockville Centre is 82% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Rockville Centre is 182% higher than the national average.
  • New York general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • New York state income tax is 80% higher 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)
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Rockville Centre, NY by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Rockville Centre, NY have a median income of $138,088. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $3,222 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $44,453, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,037.

New York Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New York4%8.875%

New York Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New York4%8.82%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Rockville Centre, NY you will want to make sure you consider both the New York sales tax and the New York 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 New York is 4%, with the highest surtax being 8.875%. 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 New York have a range from 4% to 8.82%.

Goods & Services

ItemRockville CentreNational avg.Difference
Haircut $22.50$14.5954.2%
Beauty Salon $70.55$34.68103.4%
Toothpaste $4.04$2.4763.3%
Shampoo $1.14$1.0211.5%
Movie $13.83$9.8740.1%
Bowling $12.33$4.39180.8%


ItemRockville CentreNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.46$4.480.4%
Fried Chicken $1.04$1.4629.0%
Milk $1.92$2.3618.5%
Potatoes $4.37$3.0642.7%
Pizza $11.49$9.2424.3%
Beer $13.09$8.6351.6%

Health Care

ItemRockville CentreNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $103.33$99.783.6%
Doctor $122.50$105.0316.6%
Dentist $117.50$88.7032.5%
Ibuprofen $10.06$9.416.9%
Lipitor $302.11$298.501.2%


ItemRockville CentreNational avg.Difference
Home Price $597,000.00$175,700.00239.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $4,902.79$1,081.03353.5%
Apartment Rent $1,349.00$920.0046.6%


ItemRockville CentreNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.64$2.0926.2%
Tire Balancing $78.00$45.2972.2%


ItemRockville CentreNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$259.80$170.8052.1%
Phone $30.33$28.267.3%
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.
North Amityville, NY19,60813232%
Wyandanch, NY11,18713333%
Roosevelt, NY16,55414747%
Uniondale, NY24,78714747%
New Cassel, NY13,98813636%
Rockville Centre, NY24,12818282%

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Rockville Centre, NY24,12818282%
Source: The Rockville Centre, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.