Buena 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.
IndexBuenaNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index104123100
IndexBuenaNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index105111100
Groceries index117110100
Health care index103102100
Housing index93158100
Transportation index115110100
Utilities index108100100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Buena, NJ is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Buena, NJ enjoy a cost of living index of 104. This index is 16% lower than the New Jersey average, and 4% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Buena, NJ, the average cost of goods and services is 6% lower than it is in New Jersey, and it is 5% higher than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Buena is 16% lower than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Buena is 4% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Buena is 7% lower than the national average.
  • New Jersey general sales tax is 30% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey state income tax is 37% 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$67,321$5,610$1,571$2,020
      Renters$21,645$1,804$505$649
      One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Buena, NJ 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 Buena, NJ have a median income of $67,321. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,571 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $21,645, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $505.

      New Jersey Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      New Jersey6.625%12.625%

      New Jersey Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      New Jersey1.4%8.97%
      The New Jersey sales tax and New Jersey income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Buena, NJ. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The New Jersey sales tax is 6.625% and the maximum surtax is 12.625%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The New Jersey income tax rates range from 1.4% to 8.97%.

      Goods & Services

      ItemBuenaNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $19.40$17.4910.9%
      Beauty Salon $61.00$38.1759.8%
      Toothpaste $2.02$2.3213.0%
      Shampoo $0.99$1.012.2%
      Movie $12.10$10.7212.8%
      Bowling $18.40$13.8632.7%

      Groceries

      ItemBuenaNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.94$3.901.0%
      Fried Chicken $1.49$1.406.8%
      Milk $2.16$1.9610.1%
      Potatoes $3.66$3.1815.0%
      Pizza $10.50$10.391.0%
      Beer $8.71$9.235.6%

      Health Care

      ItemBuenaNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $103.33$106.342.8%
      Doctor $133.33$115.2515.7%
      Dentist $103.33$98.385.0%
      Ibuprofen $10.32$9.2611.4%
      Lipitor $389.17$466.4716.6%

      Housing

      ItemBuenaNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $178,000.00$184,700.003.6%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,429.36$1,273.3212.3%
      Apartment Rent $823.00$949.0013.3%

      Transportation

      ItemBuenaNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.89$2.5911.4%
      Tire Balancing $61.00$48.9024.8%

      Utilities

      ItemBuenaNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$185.76$167.6010.8%
      Phone $189.24$163.4215.8%
      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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      Source: The Buena, NJ cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.