Mount Pleasant 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.
IndexMount PleasantPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index8899100
IndexMount PleasantPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index9298100
Groceries index109103100
Health care index9294100
Housing index5691100
Transportation index119109100
Utilities index114111100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Mount Pleasant, PA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Mount Pleasant, PA is 88, which is 10% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 12% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Mount Pleasant, PA are 6% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 8% lower than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Mount Pleasant is 10% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Mount Pleasant is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Mount Pleasant is 44% 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$54,621$4,552$1,274$1,639
      Renters$26,593$2,216$620$798
      One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Mount Pleasant, PA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Mount Pleasant, PA have a median income of $54,621. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,274 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $26,593, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $620.

      Pennsylvania Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Pennsylvania6%8%

      Pennsylvania Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
      One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Mount Pleasant, PA is the Pennsylvania sales tax and Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 8%. 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 Pennsylvania income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07%.

      Goods & Services

      ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $18.30$17.494.6%
      Beauty Salon $28.90$38.1724.3%
      Toothpaste $2.25$2.323.1%
      Shampoo $1.15$1.0113.6%
      Movie $10.39$10.723.1%
      Bowling $14.20$13.862.4%

      Groceries

      ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.16$3.906.7%
      Fried Chicken $1.95$1.4039.7%
      Milk $2.11$1.967.5%
      Potatoes $3.59$3.1812.8%
      Pizza $10.89$10.394.8%
      Beer $9.76$9.235.7%

      Health Care

      ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $79.57$106.3425.2%
      Doctor $91.67$115.2520.5%
      Dentist $97.56$98.380.8%
      Ibuprofen $9.19$9.260.8%
      Lipitor $477.30$466.472.3%

      Housing

      ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $97,700.00$184,700.0047.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,359.16$1,273.326.7%
      Apartment Rent $603.00$949.0036.5%

      Transportation

      ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.96$2.5914.3%
      Tire Balancing $63.68$48.9030.2%

      Utilities

      ItemMount PleasantNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$205.57$167.6022.6%
      Phone $187.74$163.4214.9%
      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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      Source: The Mount Pleasant, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.