Viola 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.
IndexViolaNew YorkNational
Cost of living index153122100
IndexViolaNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index115112100
Groceries index106103100
Health care index107104100
Housing index253149100
Transportation index111122100
Utilities index98102100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Viola, NY cost of living index. Compared to other cities in New York and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Viola, NY is 153, which is 26% higher than the New York average and 53% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Viola, NY are 3% higher than the average for New York and 15% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Viola is 26% higher than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in Viola is 53% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Viola is 153% higher than the national average.
  • New York general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • New York state income tax is 80% 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$125,970$10,498$2,939$3,779
Renters$16,985$1,415$396$510
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 Viola, NY, 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. Viola, NY has a median income of about $125,970 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,939 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $16,985. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $396 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

New York Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New York4%8.875%

New York Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New York4%8.82%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Viola, NY, it's important to take into account the sales tax for New York, as well as the rate for income tax in New York. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for New York is 8.875%, and the sales tax in the state of New York is 4%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in New York starts from 4% and goes up to 8.82%.

Goods & Services

ItemViolaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.00$14.5930.2%
Beauty Salon $33.75$34.682.7%
Toothpaste $2.29$2.477.4%
Shampoo $1.00$1.022.2%
Movie $11.70$9.8718.6%
Bowling $4.55$4.393.6%

Groceries

ItemViolaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.39$4.481.9%
Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4635.9%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.39$3.0610.7%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.19$8.636.5%

Health Care

ItemViolaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $91.25$99.788.5%
Doctor $90.00$105.0314.3%
Dentist $107.25$88.7020.9%
Ibuprofen $9.49$9.410.8%
Lipitor $341.01$298.5014.2%

Housing

ItemViolaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $536,900.00$175,700.00205.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,790.20$1,081.0365.6%
Apartment Rent $1,214.00$920.0032.0%

Transportation

ItemViolaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.17$2.093.7%
Tire Balancing $59.16$45.2930.6%

Utilities

ItemViolaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.41$170.806.7%
Phone $29.75$28.265.3%
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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Greenville, NY5731044%
Harriman, NY2,77112525%
Paterson, NJ146,34111919%
Fort Montgomery, NY1,38512828%
Mount Ivy, NY6,92612828%
Viola, NY6,55815353%

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Source: The Viola, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.