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Overall 7%
Goods & Services 21%
Housing 14%
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.
IndexSouth WestHartfordConnecticut
Cost of living107108124
Goods & Services121121123
Groceries107107108
Health care106106112
Housing8689137
Transportation108108114
Utilities122122129

Key findings

  • The cost of living in South West is 14% lower than the Hartford average
  • The cost of living in South West is 7% higher than the national average
  • South West housing is 14% lower than the national average
  • Connecticut general sales tax is 25% higher than the national average
  • Connecticut state income tax is 35% 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)
      Household$53,044$4,420$1,238$1,591

      Connecticut Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Connecticut6.35%6.35%

      Connecticut Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Connecticut3%6.99%

      Goods & Services

      ItemHartfordNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $28.20$17.4961.2%
      Beauty Salon $47.40$38.1724.2%
      Toothpaste $1.75$2.3224.6%
      Shampoo $0.99$1.012.2%
      Movie $11.60$10.728.2%
      Bowling $19.00$13.8637.1%

      Groceries

      ItemHartfordNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.45$3.9011.5%
      Fried Chicken $1.67$1.4019.7%
      Milk $1.97$1.960.4%
      Potatoes $3.51$3.1810.3%
      Pizza $9.79$10.395.8%
      Beer $10.19$9.2310.4%

      Health Care

      ItemHartfordNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $156.20$106.3446.9%
      Doctor $115.00$115.250.2%
      Dentist $105.80$98.387.5%
      Ibuprofen $8.89$9.264.0%
      Lipitor $477.60$466.472.4%

      Housing

      ItemHartfordNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $159,100.00$184,700.0013.9%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,431.64$1,273.3212.4%
      Apartment Rent $914.00$949.003.7%

      Transportation

      ItemHartfordNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.66$2.592.5%
      Tire Balancing $58.32$48.9019.3%

      Utilities

      ItemHartfordNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$238.43$167.6042.3%
      Phone $174.02$163.426.5%
      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.

      Nearby cities with low cost of living

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Blue Hills, CT3,1811077%
      New Britain, CT72,8761088%
      Rockville, CT7,1781099%
      East Hartford, CT50,8341099%
      Meriden, CT60,20311010%
      Hartford, CT124,3201088%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      East Los Angeles, CA124,19112626%
      Kent, WA125,49213131%
      Lafayette, LA125,80895-5%
      Santa Clara, CA122,72519292%
      Abilene, TX122,61285-15%
      Hartford, CT124,3201088%
      Source: The South West, Hartford, CT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.