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Overall 57%
Goods & Services 23%
Housing 143%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
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. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexStamfordConnecticutNational
Cost of living157124100
Goods & Services123123100
Groceries110108100
Health care117112100
Housing243137100
Transportation124114100
Utilities123129100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Stamford is 26% higher than the Connecticut average
  • The cost of living in Stamford is 57% higher than the national average
  • Stamford housing is 143% higher than the national average
  • Connecticut general sales tax is 25% higher than the national average
  • Connecticut state income tax is 35% 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$111,743$9,312$2,607$3,353
      Renters$59,047$4,921$1,378$1,772
      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in Stamford, CT, is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Stamford, the median monthly income is $111,743 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,607 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $59,047, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,378 on monthly rental expenses.

      Connecticut Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Connecticut6.35%6.35%

      Connecticut Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Connecticut3%6.99%

      Goods & Services

      ItemStamfordNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $30.60$17.4975.0%
      Beauty Salon $59.00$38.1754.6%
      Toothpaste $2.05$2.3211.7%
      Shampoo $0.96$1.015.1%
      Movie $13.90$10.7229.6%
      Bowling $17.00$13.8622.6%

      Groceries

      ItemStamfordNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.57$3.9017.2%
      Fried Chicken $1.89$1.4035.4%
      Milk $2.15$1.969.6%
      Potatoes $3.99$3.1825.4%
      Pizza $9.39$10.399.7%
      Beer $9.89$9.237.2%

      Health Care

      ItemStamfordNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $133.00$106.3425.1%
      Doctor $128.00$115.2511.1%
      Dentist $131.00$98.3833.2%
      Ibuprofen $7.95$9.2614.2%
      Lipitor $511.40$466.479.6%

      Housing

      ItemStamfordNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $504,200.00$184,700.00173.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,098.87$1,273.3264.8%
      Apartment Rent $1,656.00$949.0074.5%

      Transportation

      ItemStamfordNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.98$2.5914.9%
      Tire Balancing $69.96$48.9043.1%

      Utilities

      ItemStamfordNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$242.33$167.6044.6%
      Phone $174.02$163.426.5%
      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.
      Cannondale, CT9212020%
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      Mount Vernon, NY68,21713030%
      Greenlawn, NY14,20813939%
      Stamford, CT127,41015757%

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