Wilmington 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.
IndexWilmingtonDelawareNational
Cost of living index105111100
IndexWilmingtonDelawareNational
Goods & Services index110107100
Groceries index108106100
Health care index10198100
Housing index98126100
Transportation index9997100
Utilities index109109100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Wilmington, DE is shown above. Compared to the state average of Delaware the cost of living index in Wilmington, DE is 105, which is 6% lower than the average in Delaware and compared to the national average it is 5% higher 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 Wilmington, DE goods and services come in at 2% higher than the average in Delaware and are 10% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Wilmington is 6% lower than the Delaware average.
  • The cost of living in Wilmington is 5% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Wilmington is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Delaware general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Delaware state income tax is 100% lower 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$62,282$5,190$1,453$1,869
Renters$25,964$2,164$606$779
The affordability of the housing market in Wilmington, DE as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Wilmington, DE homeowners, the median income is $62,282. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,453 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $25,964. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $606 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Delaware Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Delaware0%0%

Delaware Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Delaware0%6.75%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Wilmington, DE you will want to make sure you consider both the Delaware sales tax and the Delaware 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 Delaware is 0%, with the highest surtax being 0%. 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 Delaware have a range from 0% to 6.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemWilmingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.58$15.5619.2%
Beauty Salon $39.00$36.118.0%
Toothpaste $2.96$2.4719.6%
Shampoo $1.03$0.966.7%
Movie $11.70$10.1315.5%
Bowling $4.67$4.741.4%

Groceries

ItemWilmingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.88$3.9822.4%
Fried Chicken $1.78$1.4126.3%
Milk $2.03$2.061.6%
Potatoes $3.77$2.9826.5%
Pizza $9.61$9.471.4%
Beer $9.66$8.799.8%

Health Care

ItemWilmingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $127.50$101.0426.2%
Doctor $83.94$107.4421.9%
Dentist $98.50$90.428.9%
Ibuprofen $9.59$9.283.3%
Lipitor $442.05$426.503.6%

Housing

ItemWilmingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $171,400.00$175,700.002.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,226.29$1,133.238.2%
Apartment Rent $909.00$920.001.2%

Transportation

ItemWilmingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.93$1.993.1%
Tire Balancing $47.78$45.764.4%

Utilities

ItemWilmingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$184.77$163.8112.8%
Phone $29.95$28.395.5%
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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Cheyney University, PA9291077%
Prospect Park, PA28892-8%
Chester, PA34,00791-9%
Upland, PA3,24893-7%
Marcus Hook, PA2,43094-6%
Wilmington, DE71,2631055%

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Waldorf, MD71,35812222%
Warner Robins, GA71,35991-9%
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Waukesha, WI71,0831022%
Wilmington, DE71,2631055%
Source: The Wilmington, DE cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.