West Hills 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.
IndexWest HillsNew YorkNational
Cost of living index169120100
IndexWest HillsNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index122110100
Groceries index134105100
Health care index11499100
Housing index277149100
Transportation index111111100
Utilities index126102100
Displayed above is a general overview of the West Hills, NY cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in West Hills, NY is 169, which is 41% higher than the New York average and 69% 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 West Hills, NY are 11% higher than the New York average and 22% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in West Hills is 41% higher than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in West Hills is 69% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West Hills is 177% 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$117,130$9,761$2,733$3,514
Renters$46,750$3,896$1,091$1,403
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in West Hills, NY by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in West Hills, NY have a median income of $117,130. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,733 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $46,750, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,091.

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%
For those who live in West Hills, NY and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the New York income tax rate and the New York 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 New York, the sales tax is 4%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8.875%. 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 New York, the income tax rate ranges between 4% to 8.82%.

Goods & Services

ItemWest HillsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.59$15.5625.9%
Beauty Salon $64.49$36.1178.6%
Toothpaste $3.04$2.4722.8%
Shampoo $0.98$0.961.2%
Movie $12.88$10.1327.2%
Bowling $7.01$4.7448.0%

Groceries

ItemWest HillsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.75$3.9844.3%
Fried Chicken $1.66$1.4117.7%
Milk $2.70$2.0630.8%
Potatoes $5.37$2.9880.1%
Pizza $9.80$9.473.4%
Beer $9.94$8.7913.0%

Health Care

ItemWest HillsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $114.84$101.0413.7%
Doctor $124.85$107.4416.2%
Dentist $110.04$90.4221.7%
Ibuprofen $10.40$9.2812.1%
Lipitor $413.65$426.503.0%

Housing

ItemWest HillsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $539,300.00$175,700.00206.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,269.26$1,133.23100.2%
Apartment Rent $1,911.00$920.00107.7%

Transportation

ItemWest HillsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.19$1.9910.0%
Tire Balancing $52.50$45.7614.7%

Utilities

ItemWest HillsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$237.81$163.8145.2%
Phone $29.01$28.392.2%
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.
Central Islip, NY36,23313232%
Brentwood, NY59,43613232%
Baywood, NY7,68113333%
North Amityville, NY19,60813333%
North Bay Shore, NY19,99513333%
West Hills, NY5,12416969%

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West Hills, NY5,12416969%
Source: The West Hills, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.