I used to hate it back in high school when lunch would cost me literally 2 hours of work at my summer job. That’s partly because I lived in an expensive suburb of New York City where the cost of living is significantly higher than most of the country.
And much like my home town, these places in Pennsylvania cost more than the average place in the Keystone State. And the cost of living can have a big impact on how far your hard earned salary stretches for you and your family.
That’s where Zippia comes in; to show you the places that will eat up a big part of your paycheck on expenses — places like my hometown scattered around Pennsylvania. Where housing is expensive and day care will put you back a pretty penny.
These are the places in Pennsylvania where the cost of living is actually higher than the national average because, for the most part, Pennsylvania isn’t all that expensive.
After we crunched all the numbers, we were left with this set of the most expensive places to raise a family in the Keystone State:
Read on to see how we determined the places that try to keep up with the Joneses a little too much.
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Pennsylvania to figure out which is the most expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States. And lucky for us, Sperling’s Best Places has such an index for us.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank the largest 50 cities in Pennsylvania.
And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 120 means it’s 20% more expensive.
San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.