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Overall 12%
Goods & Services 1%
Housing 43%
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.
IndexHarrisburgPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living8899100
Goods & Services9998100
Groceries99103100
Health care8894100
Housing5791100
Transportation106109100
Utilities119111100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Harrisburg is 10% lower than the Pennsylvania average
  • The cost of living in Harrisburg is 12% lower than the national average
  • Harrisburg housing is 43% lower than the national average
  • Pennsylvania general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average
  • Pennsylvania state income tax is 24% 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$48,268$4,022$1,126$1,448
      Renters$26,058$2,172$608$782
      The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Harrisburg, PA, as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Harrisburg homeowners, is $48,268. This would allow for a maximum of $1,126 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $26,058 which would result in a maximum of $608 to be spent on rental costs.

      Pennsylvania Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Pennsylvania6%8%

      Pennsylvania Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%

      Goods & Services

      ItemHarrisburgNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $16.50$17.495.7%
      Beauty Salon $23.12$38.1739.4%
      Toothpaste $2.51$2.328.3%
      Shampoo $0.88$1.0113.0%
      Movie $9.90$10.727.7%
      Bowling $3.77$13.8672.8%

      Groceries

      ItemHarrisburgNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.73$3.904.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.42$1.401.9%
      Milk $2.10$1.966.8%
      Potatoes $2.93$3.188.1%
      Pizza $8.98$10.3913.6%
      Beer $10.01$9.238.5%

      Health Care

      ItemHarrisburgNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $51.78$106.3451.3%
      Doctor $89.29$115.2522.5%
      Dentist $82.49$98.3816.2%
      Ibuprofen $9.65$9.264.1%
      Lipitor $421.47$466.479.6%

      Housing

      ItemHarrisburgNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $83,800.00$184,700.0054.6%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,171.73$1,273.328.0%
      Apartment Rent $786.00$949.0017.2%

      Transportation

      ItemHarrisburgNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.45$2.595.4%
      Tire Balancing $46.10$48.905.7%

      Utilities

      ItemHarrisburgNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$210.15$167.6025.4%
      Phone $31.90$163.4280.5%
      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.

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Messiah College, PA2,3591022%
      Oberlin, PA26187-13%
      Highspire, PA2,27589-11%
      Newport, PA1,44289-11%
      Steelton, PA5,93889-11%
      Harrisburg, PA49,16088-12%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Niagara Falls, NY49,18082-18%
      La Mirada, CA49,13014444%
      Methuen Town, MA49,04312020%
      Rancho Santa Margarita, CA49,03816060%
      Severn, MD49,01712727%
      Harrisburg, PA49,16088-12%
      Source: The Harrisburg, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.