Shamokin 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.
IndexShamokinPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index82102100
IndexShamokinPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index103103100
Groceries index99105100
Health care index9497100
Housing index3393100
Transportation index101112100
Utilities index113112100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Shamokin, PA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Shamokin, PA being 82, that puts it 20% lower than the average of Pennsylvania and 18% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Shamokin, PA, the price of goods and services are 1% lower than the average of Pennsylvania as well as 3% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Shamokin is 20% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Shamokin is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Shamokin is 67% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Shamokin, PA to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Shamokin, PA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Shamokin, PA salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$42,888$3,574$1,001$1,287
Renters$19,295$1,608$450$579
The affordability of the housing market in Shamokin, 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 Shamokin, PA homeowners, the median income is $42,888. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,001 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $19,295. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $450 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%
For those who live in Shamokin, PA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Pennsylvania income tax rate and the Pennsylvania sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Pennsylvania, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Pennsylvania, the income tax rate ranges between 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemShamokinNational 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

ItemShamokinNational 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

ItemShamokinNational 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

ItemShamokinNational avg.Difference
Home Price $40,600.00$175,700.0076.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,025.12$1,081.035.2%
Apartment Rent $519.00$920.0043.6%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemShamokinNational 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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Strong, PA281033%
Centralia, PA21033%
Ranshaw, PA43180-20%
Wilburton Number Two, PA8181-19%
Atlas, PA93282-18%
Shamokin, PA7,29582-18%

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Shamokin, PA7,29582-18%
Source: The Shamokin, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.