Tamaqua 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.
Cost of living index85102100
Goods & Services index103103100
Groceries index99105100
Health care index9497100
Housing index4493100
Transportation index101112100
Utilities index113112100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Tamaqua, PA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Tamaqua, PA enjoy a cost of living index of 85. This index is 16% lower than the Pennsylvania average, and 15% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Tamaqua, PA, the average cost of goods and services is 1% lower than it is in Pennsylvania, and it is 3% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Tamaqua is 16% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Tamaqua is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Tamaqua is 56% 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)
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Tamaqua, PA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Tamaqua, PA homeowners have a median income of $39,205. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $915 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $24,561, which means there is a maximum of $573 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

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Pennsylvania Income Tax

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For those who live in Tamaqua, 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

ItemTamaquaNational 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%


ItemTamaquaNational 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

ItemTamaquaNational 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%


ItemTamaquaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $59,300.00$175,700.0066.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,025.12$1,081.035.2%
Apartment Rent $619.00$920.0032.7%


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


ItemTamaquaNational 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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Delano, PA38982-18%
Gilberton, PA74982-18%
Mahanoy City, PA4,12682-18%
Shenandoah, PA5,00282-18%
Shenandoah Heights, PA1,20083-17%
Tamaqua, PA6,99485-15%

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Tamaqua, PA6,99485-15%
Source: The Tamaqua, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.