Fort Drum 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.
IndexFort DrumNew YorkNational
Cost of living index115119100
IndexFort DrumNew YorkNational
Goods & Services index98109100
Groceries index101108100
Health care index9799100
Housing index145145100
Transportation index98108100
Utilities index119102100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Fort Drum, NY cost of living index. Compared to other cities in New York and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Fort Drum, NY is 115, which is 3% lower than the New York average and 15% 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 Fort Drum, NY are 10% lower than the average for New York and 2% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Fort Drum is 3% lower than the New York average.
  • The cost of living in Fort Drum is 15% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fort Drum is 45% higher than the national average.
  • New York general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • New York state income tax is 80% 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$0$0$0$0
Renters$42,775$3,565$998$1,283
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Fort Drum, NY, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Fort Drum, NY, the median monthly income is $0 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $0 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $42,775, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $998 on monthly rental expenses.

New York Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
New York4%8.875%

New York Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
New York4%8.82%
The New York sales tax and New York income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Fort Drum, NY. 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 York sales tax is 4% and the maximum surtax is 8.875%. 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 York income tax rates range from 4% to 8.82%.

Goods & Services

ItemFort DrumNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.07$16.0925.0%
Beauty Salon $25.73$37.3331.1%
Toothpaste $1.86$2.4523.9%
Shampoo $1.00$1.000.1%
Movie $10.67$10.283.8%
Bowling $3.99$4.9319.0%

Groceries

ItemFort DrumNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.41$3.8015.9%
Fried Chicken $1.24$1.4011.0%
Milk $2.39$2.0119.0%
Potatoes $3.42$3.0113.5%
Pizza $10.85$9.899.8%
Beer $9.30$8.904.5%

Health Care

ItemFort DrumNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $117.67$102.1615.2%
Doctor $106.75$108.361.5%
Dentist $85.27$92.537.8%
Ibuprofen $9.23$9.280.6%
Lipitor $417.53$425.821.9%

Housing

ItemFort DrumNational avg.Difference
Home Price $0.00$184,700.00100.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,052.42$1,202.4412.5%
Apartment Rent $1,379.00$949.0045.3%

Transportation

ItemFort DrumNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.34$2.244.1%
Tire Balancing $39.53$46.2914.6%

Utilities

ItemFort DrumNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$148.52$165.9610.5%
Phone $44.27$28.6854.3%
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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Herrings, NY7785-15%
Natural Bridge, NY36589-11%
Depauville, NY64590-10%
Antwerp, NY57590-10%
Rodman, NY21791-9%
Fort Drum, NY13,50011515%

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Fort Drum, NY13,50011515%
Source: The Fort Drum, NY cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.