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3%
Overall NAT. AVG.
11%
Goods & Services NAT. AVG.
29%
Housing NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2023 and was released from C2ER in January, 2023; 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.
Index Trenton New Jersey National
Cost of living97121100
Goods & Services111106100
Groceries103102100
Health care10299100
Housing71158100
Transportation105103100
Utilities108107100
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Cost Of Living Quick Facts

  • The cost of living in Trenton is 20% lower than the New Jersey average
  • The cost of living in Trenton is 3% lower than the national average
  • Trenton housing is 29% lower than the national average
  • New Jersey general sales tax is 30% higher than the national average
  • New Jersey state income tax is 38% lower than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

      Median Income Per Year Per Month Max Budget (28% DTI) Max Budget (36% DTI)
      Owners$71,278$5,940$1,663$2,139
      Renters$23,656$1,971$552$710
      The percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in Trenton, NJ, as well as what the overall cost of living might be. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payments and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Trenton, homeowners have a median income of $71,278. Using that number, a maximum of $1,663 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $23,656, which means there is a maximum of $552 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

      New Jersey Sales Tax

      State General Sales Tax With Max Surtax
      New Jersey 6.625% 12.625%

      New Jersey Income Tax

      State Income Tax (Low) Income Tax (High)
      New Jersey 1.4% 10.75%

      Goods & Services

      Item Trenton National avg. Difference
      Haircut $30.25$24.2624.7%
      Beauty Salon $53.00$45.5616.3%
      Toothpaste $3.75$3.701.3%
      Shampoo $1.53$1.2819.8%
      Movie $14.53$12.1319.7%
      Bowling $20.98$18.0016.6%

      Groceries

      Item Trenton National avg. Difference
      Ground Beef $6.13$5.845.0%
      Fried Chicken $1.41$1.5710.4%
      Milk $4.70$4.670.5%
      Potatoes $5.32$4.937.8%
      Pizza $12.59$12.094.2%
      Beer $11.12$10.416.8%

      Health Care

      Item Trenton National avg. Difference
      Optometrist $129.93$125.683.4%
      Doctor $124.10$135.788.6%
      Dentist $129.94$113.2914.7%
      Ibuprofen $11.14$10.654.6%
      Lipitor $440.70$468.606.0%

      Housing

      Item Trenton National avg. Difference
      Home Price $97,000.00$184,700.0047.5%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,956.12$2,346.6926.0%
      Apartment Rent $1,085.00$949.0014.3%

      Transportation

      Item Trenton National avg. Difference
      Gasoline $3.41$3.461.4%
      Tire Balancing $72.38$59.9220.8%

      Utilities

      Item Trenton National avg. Difference
      All Electricity $223.08$193.9915.0%
      Phone $186.61$192.252.9%
      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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      Newtown CDP, PA2508811.7%
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      Burlington, NJ9,8451022.1%
      Trenton, NJ83,387973.2%

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      Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2023 and was released from C2ER in January, 2023; this is the most current data available.