Swarthmore, PA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2022-04-08
131
Swarthmore's Overall Cost Of Living
1.3x
Higher Than The National Average
238 out of 247
In Pennsylvania
5,294 out of 6,412
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Swarthmore is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Swarthmore, PA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Swarthmore has an overall cost of living index of 131 which is 1.3x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Pennsylvania, Swarthmore has a cost of living index that's 1.3x higher than Pennsylvania's index of 102.

The standard of living in Swarthmore ranks as #5,297 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in Pennsylvania. By definition, that implies Swarthmore ranks as the #1,122 most expensive place in the Keystone State.

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Swarthmore Cost Of Living Vs. Pennsylvania

Living Expense Swarthmore Pennsylvania National Average
Overall 131 102 100
Services 106 100 100
Groceries 119 108 100
Health 102 94 100
Housing 178 92 100
Transportation 114 113 100
Utilities 110 112 100
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Swarthmore Cost of Living Vs. PA

Swarthmore, 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.

$437,700
Median Home Value
$1,165
Median Rent
$118,182
Median Income
Statistic Swarthmore Pennsylvania United States
Median Home Value $437,700 $187,500 $229,800
Median Rent $1,165 $958 $1,096
Median Income $118,182 $63,627 $64,994
Home Value To Income 3.7x 2.9x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.12x 0.18x 0.2x

Detailed Swarthmore Services Costs Vs. Pennsylvania

Item Swarthmore Pennsylvania
Shampoo $1.02 $1.06
Movie $12.0 $10.68
Bowling $18.8 $14.67

Detailed Swarthmore Groceries Costs Vs. Pennsylvania

Item Swarthmore Pennsylvania
Ground Beef $4.57 $4.22
Fried Chicken $1.6 $1.39
Milk $2.18 $2.05

Detailed Swarthmore Health Costs Vs. Pennsylvania

Item Swarthmore Pennsylvania
Haircut $19.66 $18.62
Beauty Salon $60.55 $39.05
Toothpaste $2.34 $2.34

Detailed Swarthmore Transportation Costs Vs. Pennsylvania

Item Swarthmore Pennsylvania
Potatoes $3.66 $3.29
Pizza $10.67 $10.62
Beer $8.81 $9.38
Optometrist $108.61 $108.57
Doctor $133.89 $116.17
Dentist $96.86 $99.13

Detailed Swarthmore Utilities Costs Vs. Pennsylvania

Item Swarthmore Pennsylvania
Gasoline $2.42 $2.22
Tire Balancing $60.97 $50.07
All Electricity $193.98 $167.67
Phone $192.07 $175.64

Swarthmore SnackAbility

7.5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
8/10
Housing
9
Affordability
8
Diversity
8
Safety
N/A
Amenities
8.5
Education
10
Commute
8

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Swarthmore

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Swarthmore
Ardmore, PA 13,567 126 1.0x
Woodlyn, PA 9,732 106 0.8x
Ashland, NJ 8,853 117 0.9x
Folsom, PA 8,706 111 0.8x
Conshohocken, PA 8,039 124 0.9x
Glenside, PA 7,237 117 0.9x
Glenolden, PA 7,094 103 0.8x
Ridley Park, PA 7,042 112 0.9x
Blue Bell, PA 6,245 139 1.1x
Oreland, PA 5,838 120 0.9x

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