West York 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 YorkPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index92102100
IndexWest YorkPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index103103100
Groceries index99105100
Health care index9497100
Housing index6793100
Transportation index101112100
Utilities index113112100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the West York, PA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Pennsylvania and cities across the country, the cost of living index in West York, PA is 92, which is 10% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 8% lower 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 West York, PA are 1% lower than the average for Pennsylvania and 3% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in West York is 10% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in West York is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West York is 33% 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 West York, 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 West York, PA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the West York, 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$60,599$5,050$1,414$1,818
Renters$22,444$1,870$524$673
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 West York, PA, 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. West York, PA has a median income of about $60,599 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,414 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $22,444. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $524 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Pennsylvania6%8%

Pennsylvania Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
When assessing the complete cost of living in West York, PA, the Pennsylvania income tax and the Pennsylvania sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Pennsylvania maximum surtax is 8%, and the Pennsylvania sales tax is 6%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07% in Pennsylvania.

Goods & Services

ItemWest YorkNational 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

ItemWest YorkNational 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

ItemWest YorkNational 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

ItemWest YorkNational avg.Difference
Home Price $107,300.00$175,700.0038.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,025.12$1,081.035.2%
Apartment Rent $731.00$920.0020.5%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemWest YorkNational 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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Messiah College, PA2,3051033%
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York, PA43,81789-11%
New Salem, PA36689-11%
York Haven, PA75890-10%
West York, PA4,59492-8%

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West York, PA4,59492-8%
Source: The West York, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.