Saranac Lake 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.
IndexSaranac LakeNew YorkNational
Cost of living index104122100
IndexSaranac LakeNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index106112100
Groceries index109103100
Health care index107104100
Housing index86149100
Transportation index128122100
Utilities index123102100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Saranac Lake, NY cost of living index. Compared to other cities in New York and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Saranac Lake, NY is 104, which is 15% lower than the New York average and 4% higher 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 Saranac Lake, NY are 6% lower than the average for New York and 6% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Saranac Lake is 15% lower than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in Saranac Lake is 4% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Saranac Lake is 14% lower 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)
Owners$75,823$6,319$1,769$2,275
Renters$24,724$2,060$577$742
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Saranac Lake, NY, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Saranac Lake, NY homeowners have a median income of $75,823. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,769 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $24,724, which means there is a maximum of $577 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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%
For those who live in Saranac Lake, NY and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the New York income tax rate and the New York sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In New York, the sales tax is 4%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8.875%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in New York, the income tax rate ranges between 4% to 8.82%.

Goods & Services

ItemSaranac LakeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.12$14.5931.0%
Beauty Salon $45.50$34.6831.2%
Toothpaste $2.09$2.4715.5%
Shampoo $1.09$1.026.7%
Movie $10.53$9.876.7%
Bowling $4.67$4.396.3%

Groceries

ItemSaranac LakeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.56$4.481.9%
Fried Chicken $1.84$1.4625.7%
Milk $2.79$2.3618.4%
Potatoes $3.99$3.0630.3%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.74$8.631.2%

Health Care

ItemSaranac LakeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $128.10$99.7828.4%
Doctor $113.84$105.038.4%
Dentist $94.00$88.706.0%
Ibuprofen $9.66$9.412.6%
Lipitor $311.23$298.504.3%

Housing

ItemSaranac LakeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $160,900.00$175,700.008.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,714.70$1,081.0358.6%
Apartment Rent $661.00$920.0028.2%

Transportation

ItemSaranac LakeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.68$2.0928.1%
Tire Balancing $58.28$45.2928.7%

Utilities

ItemSaranac LakeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$234.61$170.8037.4%
Phone $28.84$28.262.1%
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.
Paul Smiths, NY61511212%
Lake Placid, NY2,35611414%
Saranac Lake, NY6,0551044%

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Saranac Lake, NY6,0551044%
Source: The Saranac Lake, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.