Lower Allen 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.
IndexLower AllenPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index99100100
IndexLower AllenPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index99100100
Groceries index99105100
Health care index8892100
Housing index9391100
Transportation index106108100
Utilities index119111100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Lower Allen, PA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Lower Allen, PA enjoy a cost of living index of 99. This index is equal to the Pennsylvania average, and 1% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Lower Allen, PA, the average cost of goods and services is 2% lower than it is in Pennsylvania, and it is 1% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Lower Allen is equal to the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Lower Allen is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lower Allen is 7% lower than the national average.
  • Pennsylvania general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Pennsylvania state income tax is 38% 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$78,709$6,559$1,836$2,362
Renters$37,336$3,111$871$1,120
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Lower Allen, 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 Lower Allen, PA homeowners, is $78,709. This would allow for a maximum of $1,836 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $37,336 which would result in a maximum of $871 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%
The Pennsylvania sales tax and Pennsylvania income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Lower Allen, PA. 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 Pennsylvania sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 8%. 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 Pennsylvania income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

Goods & Services

ItemLower AllenNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.50$16.092.6%
Beauty Salon $23.12$37.3338.1%
Toothpaste $2.51$2.452.7%
Shampoo $0.88$1.0012.0%
Movie $9.90$10.283.7%
Bowling $3.77$4.9323.6%

Groceries

ItemLower AllenNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.73$3.801.9%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.401.8%
Milk $2.10$2.014.4%
Potatoes $2.93$3.012.8%
Pizza $8.98$9.899.2%
Beer $10.01$8.9012.6%

Health Care

ItemLower AllenNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $51.78$102.1649.3%
Doctor $89.29$108.3617.6%
Dentist $82.49$92.5310.9%
Ibuprofen $9.65$9.284.0%
Lipitor $421.47$425.821.0%

Housing

ItemLower AllenNational avg.Difference
Home Price $172,700.00$184,700.006.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,171.73$1,202.442.6%
Apartment Rent $861.00$949.009.3%

Transportation

ItemLower AllenNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.45$2.249.2%
Tire Balancing $46.10$46.290.4%

Utilities

ItemLower AllenNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$210.15$165.9626.6%
Phone $31.90$28.6811.2%
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%
Harrisburg, PA49,16088-12%
Highspire, PA2,27589-11%
Steelton, PA5,93889-11%
Lower Allen, PA7,05499-1%

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Roanoke, TX7,0551077%
Pollock Pines, CA7,05311313%
Port Wentworth, GA7,05298-2%
Austell, GA7,05693-7%
Ione, CA7,05611414%
Lower Allen, PA7,05499-1%
Source: The Lower Allen, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.