Smyrna 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.
IndexSmyrnaDelawareNational
Cost of living index101109100
IndexSmyrnaDelawareNational
Goods & Services index103107100
Groceries index106107100
Health care index9297100
Housing index100121100
Transportation index9395100
Utilities index10397100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Smyrna, DE cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Delaware and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Smyrna, DE is 101, which is 7% lower than the Delaware average and 1% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Smyrna, DE are 4% lower than the average for Delaware and 3% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Smyrna is 7% lower than the Delaware average.
  • The cost of living in Smyrna is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Smyrna is equal to the national average.
  • Delaware general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Delaware state income tax is 1% 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$70,027$5,836$1,634$2,101
Renters$40,044$3,337$934$1,201
The affordability of the housing market in Smyrna, DE 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 Smyrna, DE homeowners, the median income is $70,027. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,634 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $40,044. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $934 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Delaware Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Delaware0%0%

Delaware Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Delaware2.2%6.6%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Smyrna, DE you will want to make sure you consider both the Delaware sales tax and the Delaware 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 Delaware is 0%, with the highest surtax being 0%. 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 Delaware have a range from 2.2% to 6.6%.

Goods & Services

ItemSmyrnaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.22$16.0917.8%
Beauty Salon $36.17$37.333.1%
Toothpaste $2.82$2.4515.2%
Shampoo $1.07$1.006.9%
Movie $11.75$10.2814.3%
Bowling $4.69$4.934.9%

Groceries

ItemSmyrnaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.33$3.8013.9%
Fried Chicken $1.31$1.406.2%
Milk $2.00$2.010.6%
Potatoes $4.21$3.0139.7%
Pizza $10.24$9.893.6%
Beer $8.99$8.901.0%

Health Care

ItemSmyrnaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $129.00$102.1626.3%
Doctor $84.33$108.3622.2%
Dentist $84.61$92.538.6%
Ibuprofen $9.74$9.285.0%
Lipitor $405.33$425.824.8%

Housing

ItemSmyrnaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $188,100.00$184,700.001.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,043.58$1,202.4413.2%
Apartment Rent $922.00$949.002.8%

Transportation

ItemSmyrnaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.20$2.241.8%
Tire Balancing $38.67$46.2916.5%

Utilities

ItemSmyrnaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$186.84$165.9612.6%
Phone $26.64$28.687.1%
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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Smyrna, DE11,0811011%

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Source: The Smyrna, DE cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.