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Overall 76%
Goods & Services 22%
Housing 215%
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.
IndexPetworthWashingtonDistrict of Columbia
Cost of living176152152
Goods & Services122122122
Groceries116116116
Health care939393
Housing315235235
Transportation108108108
Utilities116116116

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Petworth is 16% higher than the Washington average
  • The cost of living in Petworth is 76% higher than the national average
  • Petworth housing is 215% higher than the national average
  • District of Columbia general sales tax is 13% higher than the national average
  • District of Columbia state income tax is 80% 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)
      Household$102,992$8,583$2,403$3,090

      District of Columbia Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      District of Columbia5.75%5.75%

      District of Columbia Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      District of Columbia4%8.95%

      Goods & Services

      ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $23.96$17.4937.0%
      Beauty Salon $63.61$38.1766.6%
      Toothpaste $3.05$2.3231.4%
      Shampoo $1.35$1.0133.4%
      Movie $13.92$10.7229.8%
      Bowling $20.61$13.8648.7%

      Groceries

      ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.49$3.9015.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.76$1.4026.1%
      Milk $2.45$1.9624.9%
      Potatoes $4.51$3.1841.7%
      Pizza $11.06$10.396.4%
      Beer $10.26$9.2311.2%

      Health Care

      ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $79.25$106.3425.5%
      Doctor $109.41$115.255.1%
      Dentist $94.14$98.384.3%
      Ibuprofen $10.29$9.2611.1%
      Lipitor $402.41$466.4713.7%

      Housing

      ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $506,100.00$184,700.00174.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,689.97$1,273.32189.8%
      Apartment Rent $1,362.00$949.0043.5%

      Transportation

      ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.82$2.598.8%
      Tire Balancing $53.69$48.909.8%

      Utilities

      ItemWashingtonNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$214.22$167.6027.8%
      Phone $181.68$163.4211.2%
      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.
      Rose Hill CDP (Lee County), VA70891-9%
      Woodlawn CDP (Carroll County), VA2,24793-7%
      Wakefield town, VA81098-2%
      Belle Haven town, VA5621011%
      Cottage City, MD1,2091099%
      Washington, DC659,00915252%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Boston, MA658,27914545%
      Memphis, TN655,85779-21%
      Denver, CO663,30311414%
      Seattle, WA668,84915858%
      Nashville, TN643,77195-5%
      Washington, DC659,00915252%
      Source: The Petworth, Washington, DC cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.