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Overall 17%
Goods & Services 25%
Housing 8%
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.
IndexNew HavenConnecticutNational
Cost of living117124100
Goods & Services125123100
Groceries109108100
Health care113112100
Housing108137100
Transportation110114100
Utilities142129100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in New Haven is 6% lower than the Connecticut average
  • The cost of living in New Haven is 17% higher than the national average
  • New Haven housing is 8% higher than the national average
  • Connecticut general sales tax is 25% higher than the national average
  • Connecticut state income tax is 22% 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$72,867$6,072$1,700$2,186
      Renters$29,923$2,494$698$898
      The affordability of the housing market in New Haven, CT as well as the overall cost of living can be predicted 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 be spent on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among New Haven homeowners, the median income is $72,867. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,700 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $29,923. This indicates that renters would have a maximum of $698 for their rent related monthly costs.

      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

      ItemNew HavenNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $27.40$17.4956.7%
      Beauty Salon $53.80$38.1740.9%
      Toothpaste $1.75$2.3224.6%
      Shampoo $0.97$1.014.1%
      Movie $12.70$10.7218.4%
      Bowling $19.20$13.8638.5%

      Groceries

      ItemNew HavenNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.99$3.902.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.68$1.4020.4%
      Milk $2.51$1.9627.9%
      Potatoes $3.99$3.1825.4%
      Pizza $9.39$10.399.7%
      Beer $9.99$9.238.2%

      Health Care

      ItemNew HavenNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $114.60$106.347.8%
      Doctor $131.60$115.2514.2%
      Dentist $116.80$98.3818.7%
      Ibuprofen $9.09$9.261.8%
      Lipitor $521.84$466.4711.9%

      Housing

      ItemNew HavenNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $190,700.00$184,700.003.2%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,408.65$1,273.3210.6%
      Apartment Rent $1,121.00$949.0018.1%

      Transportation

      ItemNew HavenNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.84$2.599.6%
      Tire Balancing $55.94$48.9014.4%

      Utilities

      ItemNew HavenNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$299.32$167.6078.6%
      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.

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Naugatuck, CT31,62511414%
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      Derby, CT12,75511818%
      Ansonia, CT18,95011919%
      New Haven, CT130,40511717%

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      Source: The New Haven, CT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.