West View 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 ViewPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index92102100
IndexWest ViewPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index97103100
Groceries index100105100
Health care index9597100
Housing index6993100
Transportation index120112100
Utilities index108112100
A general summary of the cost of living index in West View, PA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Pennsylvania the cost of living index in West View, PA is 92, which is 9% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and compared to the national average it is 8% 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 West View, PA goods and services come in at 6% lower than the average in Pennsylvania and are 3% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in West View is 9% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in West View is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West View is 31% 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$69,828$5,819$1,629$2,095
Renters$33,827$2,819$789$1,015
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in West View, PA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In West View, PA, the median monthly income is $69,828 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,629 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $33,827, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $789 on monthly rental expenses.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
When you are determining the total cost of living in West View, PA you will want to make sure you consider both the Pennsylvania sales tax and the Pennsylvania income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Pennsylvania is 6%, with the highest surtax being 8%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Pennsylvania have a range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemWest ViewNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.25$14.599.2%
Beauty Salon $37.49$34.688.1%
Toothpaste $1.74$2.4729.6%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $8.65$9.8712.3%
Bowling $3.95$4.3910.1%

Groceries

ItemWest ViewNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.89$4.489.2%
Fried Chicken $1.72$1.4617.5%
Milk $2.04$2.3613.4%
Potatoes $3.49$3.0614.0%
Pizza $8.70$9.245.9%
Beer $9.99$8.6315.7%

Health Care

ItemWest ViewNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $87.00$99.7812.8%
Doctor $89.83$105.0314.5%
Dentist $82.00$88.707.6%
Ibuprofen $9.92$9.415.4%
Lipitor $325.87$298.509.2%

Housing

ItemWest ViewNational avg.Difference
Home Price $116,600.00$175,700.0033.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $963.99$1,081.0310.8%
Apartment Rent $694.00$920.0024.6%

Transportation

ItemWest ViewNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.56$2.0922.4%
Tire Balancing $51.54$45.2913.8%

Utilities

ItemWest ViewNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$200.47$170.8017.4%
Phone $26.50$28.266.2%
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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North Braddock, PA4,84781-19%
Arnold City, PA60981-19%
Enlow, PA1,04082-18%
West View, PA6,75292-8%

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West View, PA6,75292-8%
Source: The West View, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.