Willow Grove 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.
IndexWillow GrovePennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index121102100
IndexWillow GrovePennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index115103100
Groceries index117105100
Health care index9997100
Housing index13493100
Transportation index117112100
Utilities index121112100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Willow Grove, PA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Willow Grove, PA is 121, which is 19% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 21% 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 Willow Grove, PA are 11% higher than the Pennsylvania average and 15% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Willow Grove is 19% higher than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Willow Grove is 21% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Willow Grove is 34% higher 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$83,778$6,982$1,955$2,514
Renters$44,403$3,700$1,036$1,332
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 Willow Grove, 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. Willow Grove, PA has a median income of about $83,778 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,955 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $44,403. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,036 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 Willow Grove, 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

ItemWillow GroveNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $52.00$34.6849.9%
Toothpaste $2.36$2.474.6%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $10.75$9.878.9%
Bowling $5.04$4.3914.8%

Groceries

ItemWillow GroveNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.74$4.485.9%
Fried Chicken $1.69$1.4615.4%
Milk $2.25$2.364.5%
Potatoes $3.49$3.0614.0%
Pizza $10.74$9.2416.2%
Beer $8.39$8.632.8%

Health Care

ItemWillow GroveNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $106.00$99.786.2%
Doctor $118.75$105.0313.1%
Dentist $95.00$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $9.89$9.415.1%
Lipitor $200.00$298.5033.0%

Housing

ItemWillow GroveNational avg.Difference
Home Price $245,000.00$175,700.0039.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,419.25$1,081.0331.3%
Apartment Rent $1,127.00$920.0022.5%

Transportation

ItemWillow GroveNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.46$2.0917.6%
Tire Balancing $52.00$45.2914.8%

Utilities

ItemWillow GroveNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$186.98$170.809.5%
Phone $38.50$28.2636.3%
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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Willow Grove, PA16,18512121%

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