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Overall 25%
Goods & Services 25%
Housing 33%
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.
IndexStratfordConnecticutNational
Cost of living125124100
Goods & Services125123100
Groceries109108100
Health care113112100
Housing133137100
Transportation110114100
Utilities142129100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Stratford is equal to the Connecticut average
  • The cost of living in Stratford is 25% higher than the national average
  • Stratford housing is 33% 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$80,201$6,683$1,871$2,406
      Renters$35,380$2,948$825$1,062
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in Stratford is by simply calculating the maximum that should be spent on housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The plan is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Stratford has a median income of about $80,201 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $1,871 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $35,380. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $825 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      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

      ItemStratfordNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $27.40$17.4956.7%
      Beauty Salon $53.80$38.1740.9%
      Toothpaste $1.75$2.3224.6%
      Shampoo $0.97$1.014.1%
      Movie $12.70$10.7218.4%
      Bowling $19.20$13.8638.5%

      Groceries

      ItemStratfordNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.99$3.902.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.68$1.4020.4%
      Milk $2.51$1.9627.9%
      Potatoes $3.99$3.1825.4%
      Pizza $9.39$10.399.7%
      Beer $9.99$9.238.2%

      Health Care

      ItemStratfordNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $114.60$106.347.8%
      Doctor $131.60$115.2514.2%
      Dentist $116.80$98.3818.7%
      Ibuprofen $9.09$9.261.8%
      Lipitor $521.84$466.4711.9%

      Housing

      ItemStratfordNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $249,600.00$184,700.0035.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,408.65$1,273.3210.6%
      Apartment Rent $1,229.00$949.0029.5%

      Transportation

      ItemStratfordNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.84$2.599.6%
      Tire Balancing $55.94$48.9014.4%

      Utilities

      ItemStratfordNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$299.32$167.6078.6%
      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.
      Bridgeport, CT147,02211515%
      New Haven, CT130,40511717%
      West Haven, CT54,97211717%
      Derby, CT12,75511818%
      Ansonia, CT18,95011919%
      Stratford, CT52,30012525%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Perth Amboy, NJ52,26511616%
      Peabody, MA52,23513535%
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      Florissant, MO52,21886-14%
      West New York, NJ52,40714040%
      Stratford, CT52,30012525%
      Source: The Stratford, CT cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.