Philadelphia, PA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
Philadelphia's Overall Cost Of Living
Higher Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Philadelphia is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Philadelphia, PA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Philadelphia has an overall cost of living index of 102 which is 1.0x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Pennsylvania, Philadelphia has a cost of living index that's 1.0x higher than Pennsylvania's index of 99.

The standard of living in Philadelphia ranks as #3423 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Pennsylvania. By definition, that implies Philadelphia ranks as the #2983 most expensive place in the Keystone State.

Philadelphia Cost Of Living Vs. Pennsylvania

Living Expense Philadelphia Pennsylvania National Average
Overall 102 99 100
Services 105 98 100
Groceries 117 103 100
Health 103 94 100
Housing 86 91 100
Transportation 115 109 100
Utilities 108 111 100
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Philadelphia, PA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Pennsylvania, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States
Median Home Value $156,800 $174,100 $204,900
Median Rent $1,007 $915 $1,023
Median Income $43,744 $59,445 $60,293
Home Value To Income 3.6x 2.9x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.28x 0.18x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Philadelphia

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Philadelphia
Camden, NJ 74,608 94 0.9x
Springdale, NJ 13,547 132 1.3x
Montgomeryville, PA 13,271 126 1.2x
Greentree, NJ 11,453 126 1.2x
Ashland, NJ 8,292 117 1.1x
Glenside, PA 7,558 116 1.1x
Palmyra, NJ 7,223 107 1.0x
Maple Glen, PA 6,614 135 1.3x
Oreland, PA 5,827 119 1.2x
Wyndmoor, PA 5,795 122 1.2x

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