Ramsey 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.
IndexRamseyNew JerseyNational
Cost of living index154123100
IndexRamseyNew JerseyNational
Goods & Services index114111100
Groceries index108110100
Health care index107102100
Housing index254158100
Transportation index111110100
Utilities index105100100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Ramsey, NJ is shown above. Compared to the state average of New Jersey the cost of living index in Ramsey, NJ is 154, which is 24% higher than the average in New Jersey and compared to the national average it is 54% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Ramsey, NJ goods and services come in at 2% higher than the average in New Jersey and are 14% higher than compared to the nationwide average.
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  • The cost of living in Ramsey is 24% higher than the New Jersey average.
  • The cost of living in Ramsey is 54% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Ramsey is 154% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey general sales tax is 30% higher than the national average.
  • New Jersey state income tax is 37% 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$157,203$13,100$3,668$4,717
      Renters$64,457$5,371$1,504$1,934
      The affordability of the housing market in Ramsey, NJ 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 Ramsey, NJ homeowners, the median income is $157,203. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $3,668 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $64,457. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,504 used for their rent related monthly costs.

      New Jersey Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      New Jersey6.625%12.625%

      New Jersey Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      New Jersey1.4%8.97%
      When you are determining the total cost of living in Ramsey, NJ you will want to make sure you consider both the New Jersey sales tax and the New Jersey 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 New Jersey is 6.625%, with the highest surtax being 12.625%. 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 New Jersey have a range from 1.4% to 8.97%.

      Goods & Services

      ItemRamseyNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $24.00$17.4937.2%
      Beauty Salon $39.00$38.172.2%
      Toothpaste $2.01$2.3213.4%
      Shampoo $1.09$1.017.7%
      Movie $12.14$10.7213.2%
      Bowling $18.40$13.8632.7%

      Groceries

      ItemRamseyNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.85$3.901.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.66$1.4018.9%
      Milk $2.21$1.9612.6%
      Potatoes $3.39$3.186.5%
      Pizza $11.99$10.3915.4%
      Beer $8.99$9.232.6%

      Health Care

      ItemRamseyNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $113.00$106.346.3%
      Doctor $96.67$115.2516.1%
      Dentist $121.00$98.3823.0%
      Ibuprofen $8.95$9.263.4%
      Lipitor $537.05$466.4715.1%

      Housing

      ItemRamseyNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $559,900.00$184,700.00203.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,311.62$1,273.3281.5%
      Apartment Rent $1,314.00$949.0038.5%

      Transportation

      ItemRamseyNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.77$2.597.0%
      Tire Balancing $59.00$48.9020.7%

      Utilities

      ItemRamseyNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$184.45$167.6010.1%
      Phone $177.03$163.428.3%
      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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      Ramsey, NJ15,00015454%

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