Scottdale 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.
IndexScottdalePennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index83100100
IndexScottdalePennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index8899100
Groceries index97102100
Health care index9590100
Housing index5793100
Transportation index106109100
Utilities index102115100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Scottdale, PA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Pennsylvania the cost of living index in Scottdale, PA is 83, which is 16% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and compared to the national average it is 17% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Scottdale, PA goods and services come in at 11% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and are 12% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Scottdale is 16% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Scottdale is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Scottdale is 43% 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$52,500$4,375$1,225$1,575
Renters$18,110$1,509$423$543
The affordability of the housing market in Scottdale, PA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Scottdale, PA homeowners, the median income is $52,500. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,225 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $18,110. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $423 used for their rent related monthly costs.

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 Scottdale, 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

ItemScottdaleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.15$15.5615.5%
Beauty Salon $37.36$36.113.5%
Toothpaste $2.36$2.474.6%
Shampoo $0.93$0.963.6%
Movie $9.94$10.131.9%
Bowling $4.01$4.7415.2%

Groceries

ItemScottdaleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $2.88$3.9827.8%
Fried Chicken $1.34$1.414.8%
Milk $1.86$2.0610.0%
Potatoes $3.32$2.9811.4%
Pizza $9.90$9.474.5%
Beer $10.34$8.7917.6%

Health Care

ItemScottdaleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $80.03$101.0420.8%
Doctor $97.54$107.449.2%
Dentist $89.29$90.421.2%
Ibuprofen $8.86$9.284.5%
Lipitor $415.12$426.502.7%

Housing

ItemScottdaleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $98,500.00$175,700.0043.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $961.34$1,133.2315.2%
Apartment Rent $544.00$920.0040.9%

Transportation

ItemScottdaleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.19$1.999.7%
Tire Balancing $45.27$45.761.1%

Utilities

ItemScottdaleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$184.95$163.8112.9%
Phone $25.21$28.3911.2%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Naomi, PA6195-5%
St. Vincent College, PA1,29995-5%
Star Junction, PA54477-23%
Rowes Run, PA33679-21%
Donora, PA4,73377-23%
Scottdale, PA4,33683-17%

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Jersey Shore, PA4,33990-10%
Scottdale, PA4,33683-17%
Source: The Scottdale, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.