Scranton 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.
IndexScrantonPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index92102100
IndexScrantonPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index100103100
Groceries index104105100
Health care index11297100
Housing index6693100
Transportation index123112100
Utilities index91112100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Scranton, PA is displayed above. In Scranton, PA, the overall cost of living index is 92, which is 10% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 8% 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 Scranton, PA, the city's goods and services are 3% lower than the Pennsylvania average and equal to the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Scranton is 10% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Scranton is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Scranton is 34% 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$53,063$4,422$1,238$1,592
Renters$24,818$2,068$579$745
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Scranton, PA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Scranton, PA has a median income of about $53,063 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,238 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $24,818. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $579 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
The Pennsylvania sales tax and Pennsylvania income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Scranton, PA. 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 Pennsylvania sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 8%. 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 Pennsylvania income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemScrantonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.75$14.597.9%
Beauty Salon $34.25$34.681.2%
Toothpaste $3.08$2.4724.5%
Shampoo $1.51$1.0247.7%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $4.00$4.398.9%

Groceries

ItemScrantonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.41$4.481.5%
Fried Chicken $1.62$1.4610.7%
Milk $1.90$2.3619.4%
Potatoes $3.24$3.065.8%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.59$8.6311.1%

Health Care

ItemScrantonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $109.00$99.789.2%
Doctor $143.69$105.0336.8%
Dentist $87.00$88.701.9%
Ibuprofen $9.48$9.410.7%
Lipitor $320.90$298.507.5%

Housing

ItemScrantonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $107,400.00$175,700.0038.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,281.68$1,081.0318.6%
Apartment Rent $705.00$920.0023.4%

Transportation

ItemScrantonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.63$2.0926.0%
Tire Balancing $51.93$45.2914.7%

Utilities

ItemScrantonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$179.24$170.804.9%
Phone $19.99$28.2629.3%
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.
Eagle Lake, PA01099%
Sugar Notch, PA95392-8%
Ashley, PA2,76592-8%
Plymouth, PA5,90588-12%
Wilkes-Barre, PA41,20292-8%
Scranton, PA75,84292-8%

Cities with similar population

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Alameda, CA75,76317171%
Silver Spring, MD75,74813737%
Kennewick, WA75,97191-9%
Arlington Heights, IL75,57712424%
Chino Hills, CA76,18715353%
Scranton, PA75,84292-8%
Source: The Scranton, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.