Dover 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.
IndexDoverNew HampshireNational
Cost of living index112113100
IndexDoverNew HampshireNational
Goods & Services index108108100
Groceries index103103100
Health care index114114100
Housing index123123100
Transportation index102102100
Utilities index118118100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Dover, NH cost of living index. Compared to other cities in New Hampshire and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Dover, NH is 112, which is equal to the New Hampshire average and 12% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Dover, NH are equal to the average for New Hampshire and 8% higher than the rest of the country.
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  • The cost of living in Dover is equal to the New Hampshire average.
  • The cost of living in Dover is 12% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Dover is 23% higher than the national average.
  • New Hampshire general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • New Hampshire state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Dover, NH to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Dover, NH, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Dover, NH salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Dover, NH 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 Dover, NH have a median income of $86,575. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,020 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $43,558, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,016.

New Hampshire Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New Hampshire0%0%

New Hampshire Income Tax

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New Hampshire0%0%
The New Hampshire sales tax and New Hampshire income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Dover, NH. 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 Hampshire sales tax is 0% and the maximum surtax is 0%. 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 Hampshire income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemDoverNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.00$17.4914.4%
Beauty Salon $36.32$38.174.8%
Toothpaste $2.66$2.3214.6%
Shampoo $0.87$1.0114.0%
Movie $10.54$10.721.7%
Bowling $17.27$13.8624.6%


ItemDoverNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.19$3.907.4%
Fried Chicken $1.49$1.406.8%
Milk $2.95$1.9650.3%
Potatoes $3.29$3.183.4%
Pizza $11.24$10.398.1%
Beer $8.99$9.232.6%

Health Care

ItemDoverNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $101.89$106.344.2%
Doctor $152.49$115.2532.3%
Dentist $121.64$98.3823.6%
Ibuprofen $8.92$9.263.7%
Lipitor $420.38$466.479.9%


ItemDoverNational avg.Difference
Home Price $238,100.00$184,700.0028.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,231.43$1,273.323.3%
Apartment Rent $1,027.00$949.008.2%


ItemDoverNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.64$2.591.8%
Tire Balancing $51.84$48.906.0%


ItemDoverNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$223.90$167.6033.6%
Phone $177.15$163.428.4%
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.
Farmington, NH4,1221033%
Rochester, NH30,0521033%
North Berwick, ME1,7641077%
Somersworth, NH11,7561055%
Epping, NH1,7561055%
Dover, NH30,75011212%

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Brooklyn Center, MN30,7851000%
Holladay, UT30,79312020%
Long Branch, NJ30,70514040%
Oceanside, NY30,81315454%
Dover, NH30,75011212%
Source: The Dover, NH cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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