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.
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Pittsburgh, PA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Pittsburgh, PA being 91, that puts it 8% lower than the average of Pennsylvania and 9% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Pittsburgh, PA, the price of goods and services are 3% lower than the average of Pennsylvania as well as 3% lower than the nation's average.
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The cost of living in Pittsburgh is 8% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
The cost of living in Pittsburgh is 9% lower than the national average.
The cost of housing in Pittsburgh is 35% 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Pittsburgh, PA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Pittsburgh, PA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Pittsburgh, PA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.
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If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Pittsburgh, PA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Pittsburgh, PA, the median monthly income is $61,464 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,434 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $28,935, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $675 on monthly rental expenses.
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When you are determining the total cost of living in Pittsburgh, PA you will want to make sure you consider both the Pennsylvania sales tax and the Pennsylvania income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Pennsylvania is 6%, with the highest surtax being 8%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Pennsylvania have a range from 3.07% to 3.07%.
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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.