Selinsgrove 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.
IndexSelinsgrovePennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index94102100
IndexSelinsgrovePennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index103103100
Groceries index99105100
Health care index9497100
Housing index7493100
Transportation index101112100
Utilities index113112100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Selinsgrove, PA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Pennsylvania the cost of living index in Selinsgrove, PA is 94, which is 7% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and compared to the national average it is 6% 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 Selinsgrove, PA goods and services come in at 1% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and are 3% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Selinsgrove is 7% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Selinsgrove is 6% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Selinsgrove is 26% 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$47,198$3,933$1,101$1,416
Renters$33,487$2,791$781$1,005
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Selinsgrove, PA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Selinsgrove, PA homeowners, is $47,198. This would allow for a maximum of $1,101 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $33,487 which would result in a maximum of $781 to be spent on rental costs.

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 Selinsgrove, 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

ItemSelinsgroveNational 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

ItemSelinsgroveNational 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

ItemSelinsgroveNational 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

ItemSelinsgroveNational avg.Difference
Home Price $127,500.00$175,700.0027.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,025.12$1,081.035.2%
Apartment Rent $723.00$920.0021.4%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemSelinsgroveNational 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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Riverside, PA28684-16%
Klingerstown, PA8885-15%
Montandon, PA88586-14%
Trevorton, PA1,66986-14%
Sunbury, PA9,81787-13%
Selinsgrove, PA5,69894-6%

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Selinsgrove, PA5,69894-6%
Source: The Selinsgrove, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.