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Overall 45%
Goods & Services 19%
Housing 118%
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.
IndexNorth StarDelawareNational
Cost of living145114100
Goods & Services119116100
Groceries123121100
Health care112100100
Housing218121100
Transportation110104100
Utilities8493100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in North Star is 27% higher than the Delaware average
  • The cost of living in North Star is 45% higher than the national average
  • North Star housing is 118% higher than the national average
  • Delaware general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average
  • Delaware state income tax is 11% lower 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$142,394$11,866$3,322$4,272
      Renters$104,423$8,702$2,436$3,133
      The percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in North Star, DE, as well as what the overall cost of living might be. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payments and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In North Star, homeowners have a median income of $142,394. Using that number, a maximum of $3,322 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $104,423, which means there is a maximum of $2,436 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

      Delaware Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Delaware0%0%

      Delaware Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Delaware2.2%6.6%

      Goods & Services

      ItemNorth StarNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $17.67$17.491.0%
      Beauty Salon $45.33$38.1718.8%
      Toothpaste $2.86$2.3223.2%
      Shampoo $1.18$1.0116.6%
      Movie $11.75$10.729.6%
      Bowling $18.00$13.8629.9%

      Groceries

      ItemNorth StarNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.49$3.9015.1%
      Fried Chicken $2.16$1.4054.8%
      Milk $2.59$1.9632.0%
      Potatoes $4.99$3.1856.8%
      Pizza $10.00$10.393.8%
      Beer $8.49$9.238.0%

      Health Care

      ItemNorth StarNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $112.50$106.345.8%
      Doctor $97.50$115.2515.4%
      Dentist $133.50$98.3835.7%
      Ibuprofen $11.76$9.2627.0%
      Lipitor $470.99$466.471.0%

      Housing

      ItemNorth StarNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $431,600.00$184,700.00133.7%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,352.21$1,273.326.2%
      Apartment Rent $1,714.00$949.0080.6%

      Transportation

      ItemNorth StarNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.73$2.595.2%
      Tire Balancing $60.00$48.9022.7%

      Utilities

      ItemNorth StarNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$125.16$167.6025.3%
      Phone $173.76$163.426.3%
      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.
      Lincoln University, PA1,81911313%
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      Salem, NJ4,93198-2%
      Penns Grove, NJ4,9851022%
      Pennsville, NJ11,4211066%
      North Star, DE7,56714545%

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      North Star, DE7,56714545%
      Source: The North Star, DE cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.