Georgetown 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.
Cost of living index109114100
Goods & Services index117116100
Groceries index127121100
Health care index96100100
Housing index101121100
Transportation index99104100
Utilities index9393100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Georgetown, DE. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Georgetown, DE being 109, that puts it 5% lower than the average of Delaware and 9% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Georgetown, DE, the price of goods and services are 1% higher than the average of Delaware as well as 17% higher than the nation's average.

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Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Georgetown is 5% lower than the Delaware average.
  • The cost of living in Georgetown is 9% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Georgetown is 1% higher than the national average.
  • Delaware general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Delaware state income tax is 1% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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The affordability of the housing market in Georgetown, DE as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Georgetown, DE homeowners, the median income is $49,247. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,149 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $35,981. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $840 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Delaware Sales Tax

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Delaware Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Georgetown, DE is the Delaware sales tax and Delaware income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Delaware sales tax rate is 0% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 0%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Delaware income tax rates range from 2.2% to 6.6%.

Goods & Services

ItemGeorgetownNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.50$17.495.7%
Beauty Salon $40.00$38.174.8%
Toothpaste $2.89$2.3224.5%
Shampoo $1.07$1.015.7%
Movie $11.50$10.727.2%
Bowling $18.00$13.8629.9%


ItemGeorgetownNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.59$3.9017.7%
Fried Chicken $2.09$1.4049.7%
Milk $2.32$1.9618.2%
Potatoes $4.52$3.1842.0%
Pizza $10.00$10.393.8%
Beer $7.99$9.2313.4%

Health Care

ItemGeorgetownNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $106.50$106.340.2%
Doctor $106.50$115.257.6%
Dentist $88.50$98.3810.0%
Ibuprofen $11.79$9.2627.3%
Lipitor $467.89$466.470.3%


ItemGeorgetownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $199,800.00$184,700.008.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,135.23$1,273.3210.8%
Apartment Rent $810.00$949.0014.6%


ItemGeorgetownNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.44$2.595.9%
Tire Balancing $54.00$48.9010.4%


ItemGeorgetownNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$153.32$167.608.5%
Phone $173.76$163.426.3%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Long Neck, DE2,65693-7%
Laurel, DE3,9841022%
Blades, DE1,3021033%
Seaford, DE7,4171033%
Greenwood, DE1,2801055%
Georgetown, DE6,9171099%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Upper Sandusky, OH6,91786-14%
Kaufman, TX6,91992-8%
Forest Glen, MD6,91513939%
Plaquemine, LA6,92091-9%
Tappan, NY6,91315252%
Georgetown, DE6,9171099%
Source: The Georgetown, DE cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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