Pittston 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.
IndexPittstonPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index8899100
IndexPittstonPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index9998100
Groceries index103103100
Health care index9894100
Housing index5591100
Transportation index110109100
Utilities index109111100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Pittston, PA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Pittston, PA being 88, that puts it 10% lower than the average of Pennsylvania and 12% 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 Pittston, PA, the price of goods and services are 1% higher than the average of Pennsylvania as well as 1% lower than the nation's average.
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Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Pittston is 10% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in Pittston is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Pittston is 45% 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$53,182$4,432$1,241$1,596
      Renters$20,944$1,745$489$628
      The affordability of the housing market in Pittston, PA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately 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 ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Pittston, PA homeowners, the median income is $53,182. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,241 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $20,944. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $489 used for their rent related monthly costs.

      Pennsylvania Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Pennsylvania6%8%

      Pennsylvania Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Pennsylvania3.07%3.07%
      When you are determining the total cost of living in Pittston, 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%.

      Goods & Services

      ItemPittstonNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $16.25$17.497.1%
      Beauty Salon $30.50$38.1720.1%
      Toothpaste $1.96$2.3215.6%
      Shampoo $1.09$1.017.7%
      Movie $10.60$10.721.2%
      Bowling $15.33$13.8610.6%

      Groceries

      ItemPittstonNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.69$3.905.4%
      Fried Chicken $1.24$1.4011.2%
      Milk $2.01$1.962.4%
      Potatoes $3.39$3.186.5%
      Pizza $9.09$10.3912.5%
      Beer $9.93$9.237.6%

      Health Care

      ItemPittstonNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $62.67$106.3441.1%
      Doctor $72.17$115.2537.4%
      Dentist $126.50$98.3828.6%
      Ibuprofen $9.32$9.260.6%
      Lipitor $484.82$466.473.9%

      Housing

      ItemPittstonNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $89,400.00$184,700.0051.6%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,138.98$1,273.3210.6%
      Apartment Rent $669.00$949.0029.5%

      Transportation

      ItemPittstonNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.89$2.5911.4%
      Tire Balancing $53.80$48.9010.0%

      Utilities

      ItemPittstonNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$192.63$167.6014.9%
      Phone $186.24$163.4214.0%
      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.
      Wilkes-Barre, PA40,96487-13%
      Nanticoke, PA10,30287-13%
      Edwardsville, PA4,75387-13%
      Plymouth, PA5,86587-13%
      Ashley, PA2,73787-13%
      Pittston, PA7,66888-12%

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      Montpelier, VT7,66211111%
      Pittston, PA7,66888-12%
      Source: The Pittston, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.