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Overall 14%
Goods & Services 21%
Housing 11%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexColchesterConnecticutNational
Cost of living114124100
Goods & Services121123100
Groceries107108100
Health care106112100
Housing111137100
Transportation108114100
Utilities122129100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Colchester is 8% lower than the Connecticut average
  • The cost of living in Colchester is 14% higher than the national average
  • Colchester housing is 11% higher than the national average
  • Connecticut general sales tax is 25% higher than the national average
  • Connecticut state income tax is 22% 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$88,472$7,373$2,064$2,654
      Renters$48,750$4,063$1,137$1,463
      The percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in Colchester, CT, as well as what the overall cost of living might be. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payments and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Colchester, homeowners have a median income of $88,472. Using that number, a maximum of $2,064 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $48,750, which means there is a maximum of $1,137 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

      Connecticut Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Connecticut6.35%6.35%

      Connecticut Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Connecticut3%6.99%

      Goods & Services

      ItemColchesterNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $28.20$17.4961.2%
      Beauty Salon $47.40$38.1724.2%
      Toothpaste $1.75$2.3224.6%
      Shampoo $0.99$1.012.2%
      Movie $11.60$10.728.2%
      Bowling $19.00$13.8637.1%

      Groceries

      ItemColchesterNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.45$3.9011.5%
      Fried Chicken $1.67$1.4019.7%
      Milk $1.97$1.960.4%
      Potatoes $3.51$3.1810.3%
      Pizza $9.79$10.395.8%
      Beer $10.19$9.2310.4%

      Health Care

      ItemColchesterNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $156.20$106.3446.9%
      Doctor $115.00$115.250.2%
      Dentist $105.80$98.387.5%
      Ibuprofen $8.89$9.264.0%
      Lipitor $477.60$466.472.4%

      Housing

      ItemColchesterNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $202,500.00$184,700.009.6%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,431.64$1,273.3212.4%
      Apartment Rent $1,085.00$949.0014.3%

      Transportation

      ItemColchesterNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.66$2.592.5%
      Tire Balancing $58.32$48.9019.3%

      Utilities

      ItemColchesterNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$238.43$167.6042.3%
      Phone $174.02$163.426.5%
      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.

      Nearby cities with low cost of living

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Willimantic, CT17,3391044%
      South Windham, CT1,3301088%
      East Hartford, CT50,8341099%
      Norwich, CT40,0571099%
      Manchester, CT30,36411010%
      Colchester, CT4,47511414%

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      Brookridge, FL4,47785-15%
      Hawaiian Ocean View, HI4,47712626%
      Tuscola, IL4,47885-15%
      Colchester, CT4,47511414%
      Source: The Colchester, CT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.