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Overall 16%
Goods & Services 12%
Housing 55%
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The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexSt. John'sNewfoundland and LabradorNational
Cost of living8485100
Goods & Services8888100
Groceries108108100
Health care9494100
Housing4547100
Transportation100100100
Utilities137137100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in St. John's is 1% lower than the Newfoundland and Labrador average
  • The cost of living in St. John's is 16% lower than the national average
  • St. John's housing is 55% lower than the national average
  • Newfoundland and Labrador sales tax is 67% higher than the national average
  • Newfoundland and Labrador income tax is 3% higher than the national average

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      Newfoundland and Labrador Sales Tax

      ProvinceProvincial TaxTotal Tax Rate
      Newfoundland and Labrador10%15%

      Newfoundland and Labrador Income Tax

      ProvinceIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Newfoundland and Labrador8.7%18.3%

      Goods & Services

      ItemSt. John'sNational avg.Difference
      Personal Care 89945.7%
      Recreation 1011021.3%

      Groceries

      ItemSt. John'sNational avg.Difference
      Meat, Poultry and Fish 971025.1%
      Dairy Products and Eggs 1041050.6%
      Bakery and Cereal Products 1061125.1%
      Fruit and Vegetables 1151131.4%
      Alcoholic Beverages 1121065.9%

      Health Care

      ItemSt. John'sNational avg.Difference
      Doctor 981013.0%

      Housing

      ItemSt. John'sNational avg.Difference
      Home Price ($) 286,777663,50356.8%
      Apartment Rent ($) 8891,27430.2%

      Transportation

      ItemSt. John'sNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline 1021020.1%

      Utilities

      ItemSt. John'sNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity99990.4%
      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

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Wabana, NL2,0507524.7%
      Division No. 1, Subd. R, NL3157822.1%
      Division No. 1, Subd. D, NL818020.2%
      Pouch Cove, NL2,3648119.1%
      Bauline, NL4988118.9%
      St. John's, NL109,5668415.9%

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      Billings, MT109,089n/a 
      St. John's, NL109,5668415.9%
      Source: The St. John's, NL data and statistics displayed above are derived from Statistics Canada 2020.