Cost of Living

The cost of living and doing business in the Central Pennsylvania region is affordable, yet still provides the quality of life that you deserve. Business and developers save on their bottom lines by operating in our region, while taking advantage of the superior market access opportunities in Pennsylvania. Within a day’s drive of the Northeast’s major metropolitan areas and more than 40% of the U.S. and Canadian populations, the region of Central Pennsylvania isn’t just low-cost, it’s also high-access.

Cost Comparison Pennsylvania’s opportunities come at below-average cost. See the chart below to compare counties in the Central Pennsylvania region to the rest of the United States:

Cost of Living

Northumberland, PA

 Montour, PA

Mifflin, PA

Snyder, PA

Union, PA

Columbia, PA

United States

Overall

89.2

100.1

94.6

100.3

102.0

98.8

100

Median Home Value

102,400

134,000

82,6 00

164,700

169,700

131,800

217,200

Cost of Living Chart Key

Overall: total Central Pennsylvania region counties’ and overall U.S. cost of living was weighted subjectively as follows: housing – 30%, food and groceries – 15%, transportation – 10%, utilities – 6%, healthcare – 7% and miscellaneous expenses (such as clothing, services and entertainment) – 32%. State and local taxes are not included in any category.

Food: average cost of food and groceries (restaurants not included).

Utilities:
average cost of heating and cooling a typical residence in the Central Pennsylvania region cities and U.S., including electricity and natural gas.

Miscellaneous:
cost index of those goods and services not included in the other cost of living categories (including clothing, restaurants, repairs, entertainment and other services).

Median Home Value:
average home value, in dollars, in each area.

* Cost of Living Data Source: Sperling Best Places (12/2013)