South Williamsport 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.
IndexSouth WilliamsportPennsylvaniaNational
Cost of living index9399100
IndexSouth WilliamsportPennsylvaniaNational
Goods & Services index9998100
Groceries index103103100
Health care index9894100
Housing index6991100
Transportation index110109100
Utilities index109111100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the South Williamsport, PA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Pennsylvania and cities across the country, the cost of living index in South Williamsport, PA is 93, which is 6% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 7% lower 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 South Williamsport, PA are 1% higher than the average for Pennsylvania and 1% lower than the rest of the country.
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  • The cost of living in South Williamsport is 6% lower than the Pennsylvania average.
  • The cost of living in South Williamsport is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Williamsport is 31% 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

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in South Williamsport, PA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in South Williamsport, PA have a median income of $56,946. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,329 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $27,556, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $643.

Pennsylvania Sales Tax

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Pennsylvania Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in South Williamsport, PA, the Pennsylvania income tax and the Pennsylvania sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Pennsylvania maximum surtax is 8%, and the Pennsylvania sales tax is 6%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 3.07% to 3.07% in Pennsylvania.

Goods & Services

ItemSouth WilliamsportNational 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%


ItemSouth WilliamsportNational 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

ItemSouth WilliamsportNational 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%


ItemSouth WilliamsportNational avg.Difference
Home Price $118,700.00$184,700.0035.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,138.98$1,273.3210.6%
Apartment Rent $762.00$949.0019.7%


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


ItemSouth WilliamsportNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Jersey Shore, PA4,30489-11%
Salladasburg, PA25890-10%
Williamsport, PA29,18090-10%
Montgomery, PA1,45491-9%
West Milton, PA1,05292-8%
South Williamsport, PA6,32893-7%

Cities with similar population

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Indian Hills, NV6,32811111%
Huntington Woods, MI6,33012323%
Tanglewilde, WA6,3261088%
Gorham, ME6,33111313%
Selma, NC6,32585-15%
South Williamsport, PA6,32893-7%
Source: The South Williamsport, PA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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