Schuylkill Haven 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.
IndexSchuylkill HavenPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index88102100
IndexSchuylkill HavenPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index103103100
Groceries index99105100
Health care index9497100
Housing index5393100
Transportation index101112100
Utilities index113112100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Schuylkill Haven, PA is displayed above. In Schuylkill Haven, PA, the overall cost of living index is 88, which is 14% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 12% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Schuylkill Haven, PA, the city's goods and services are 1% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 3% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Schuylkill Haven is 14% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Schuylkill Haven is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Schuylkill Haven is 47% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$50,511$4,209$1,179$1,515
Renters$25,441$2,120$594$763
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Schuylkill Haven, PA 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 Schuylkill Haven, PA have a median income of $50,511. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,179 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $25,441, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $594.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Schuylkill Haven, PA is the Pennsylvania sales tax and Pennsylvania income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Pennsylvania sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 8%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Pennsylvania income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemSchuylkill HavenNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.80$14.5912.3%
Beauty Salon $31.83$34.688.2%
Toothpaste $2.33$2.475.8%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $9.00$9.878.8%
Bowling $4.33$4.391.4%

Groceries

ItemSchuylkill HavenNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.93$4.4810.1%
Fried Chicken $1.60$1.469.3%
Milk $2.10$2.3610.9%
Potatoes $3.08$3.060.6%
Pizza $6.99$9.2424.4%
Beer $10.94$8.6326.7%

Health Care

ItemSchuylkill HavenNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $82.60$99.7817.2%
Doctor $90.75$105.0313.6%
Dentist $85.00$88.704.2%
Ibuprofen $8.47$9.4110.0%
Lipitor $314.48$298.505.4%

Housing

ItemSchuylkill HavenNational avg.Difference
Home Price $81,200.00$175,700.0053.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,025.12$1,081.035.2%
Apartment Rent $639.00$920.0030.5%

Transportation

ItemSchuylkill HavenNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.20$2.095.2%
Tire Balancing $40.80$45.299.9%

Utilities

ItemSchuylkill HavenNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.86$170.807.6%
Phone $34.18$28.2621.0%
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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Centralia, PA21033%
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Wilburton Number Two, PA8181-19%
Delano, PA38982-18%
Schuylkill Haven, PA5,36888-12%

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Schuylkill Haven, PA5,36888-12%
Source: The Schuylkill Haven, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.