Secaucus 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.
IndexSecaucusNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index152131100
IndexSecaucusNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index127118100
Groceries index132116100
Health care index115111100
Housing index206166100
Transportation index134118100
Utilities index133110100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Secaucus, NJ cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Secaucus, NJ is 152, which is 16% higher than the New Jersey average and 52% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Secaucus, NJ are 8% higher than the New Jersey average and 27% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Secaucus is 16% higher than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Secaucus is 52% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Secaucus is 106% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey state income tax is 37% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Secaucus, NJ to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Secaucus, NJ, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Secaucus, NJ salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$99,030$8,253$2,311$2,971
Renters$66,616$5,551$1,554$1,999
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Secaucus, NJ, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Secaucus, NJ, the median monthly income is $99,030 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,311 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $66,616, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,554 on monthly rental expenses.

New Jersey Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New Jersey7%7%

New Jersey Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New Jersey1.4%8.97%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Secaucus, NJ, the New Jersey income tax and the New Jersey sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The New Jersey maximum surtax is 7%, and the New Jersey sales tax is 7%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 1.4% to 8.97% in New Jersey.

Goods & Services

ItemSecaucusNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.00$14.5937.0%
Beauty Salon $65.00$34.6887.4%
Toothpaste $3.89$2.4757.3%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $14.00$9.8741.9%
Bowling $12.00$4.39173.2%

Groceries

ItemSecaucusNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.94$1.4632.5%
Milk $1.96$2.3616.8%
Potatoes $4.89$3.0659.7%
Pizza $11.50$9.2424.4%
Beer $9.89$8.6314.6%

Health Care

ItemSecaucusNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $99.50$99.780.3%
Doctor $115.00$105.039.5%
Dentist $112.88$88.7027.3%
Ibuprofen $12.39$9.4131.6%
Lipitor $298.37$298.500.0%

Housing

ItemSecaucusNational avg.Difference
Home Price $393,900.00$175,700.00124.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,389.29$1,081.03213.5%
Apartment Rent $1,502.00$920.0063.3%

Transportation

ItemSecaucusNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.64$2.0926.2%
Tire Balancing $69.96$45.2954.5%

Utilities

ItemSecaucusNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$259.37$170.8051.9%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Greenville, NY5731044%
East Orange, NJ64,53811313%
Newark, NJ278,75011414%
Roselle, NJ21,34811414%
Silver Lake, NJ3,59412323%
Secaucus, NJ17,61415252%

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Idylwood, VA17,64314545%
Secaucus, NJ17,61415252%
Source: The Secaucus, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.