Overall 13%
Goods & Services 15%
Housing 12%
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.
IndexCranstonRhode IslandNational
Cost of living113115100
Goods & Services115115100
Health care107107100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Cranston is 2% lower than the Rhode Island average
  • The cost of living in Cranston is 13% higher than the national average
  • Cranston housing is 12% higher than the national average
  • Rhode Island general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average
  • Rhode Island state income tax is 52% 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)
      To approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Cranston, RI, we can look at the percentage of income that is available to be spent on monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side, a consumer should not spend more than 28% of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36% of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Cranston have a median income of $80,405. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,876 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $35,459, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $827.

      Rhode Island Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Rhode Island7%7%

      Rhode Island Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Rhode Island3.75%5.99%

      Goods & Services

      ItemCranstonNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $20.00$17.4914.4%
      Beauty Salon $56.67$38.1748.5%
      Toothpaste $2.55$2.329.9%
      Shampoo $0.99$1.012.2%
      Movie $12.75$10.7218.9%
      Bowling $18.00$13.8629.9%


      ItemCranstonNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.77$3.903.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.64$1.4017.5%
      Milk $2.64$1.9634.5%
      Potatoes $3.49$3.189.6%
      Pizza $10.49$10.390.9%
      Beer $10.32$9.2311.8%

      Health Care

      ItemCranstonNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $131.39$106.3423.6%
      Doctor $157.87$115.2537.0%
      Dentist $92.75$98.385.7%
      Ibuprofen $9.49$9.262.5%
      Lipitor $408.27$466.4712.5%


      ItemCranstonNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $212,200.00$184,700.0014.9%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,558.54$1,273.3222.4%
      Apartment Rent $988.00$949.004.1%


      ItemCranstonNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.65$2.592.1%
      Tire Balancing $62.00$48.9026.8%


      ItemCranstonNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$235.76$167.6040.7%
      Phone $186.18$163.4213.9%
      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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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Central Falls, RI19,3661044%
      Harrisville, RI1,6291077%
      Pawtucket, RI71,3891077%
      Providence, RI178,8511088%
      Pascoag, RI4,91511010%
      Cranston, RI80,88211313%

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      Palm Coast, FL80,94898-2%
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      Source: The Cranston, RI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.