Cost of Living in Guilford Center, Connecticut

Cost of Living in Guilford Center, Connecticut

Guilford Center is a Census-designated place in New Haven County, Connecticut, with a population of 2,618. The total cost of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, taxes, and other necessities for a single adult in Guilford Center is $40,917 a year — less than the annual cost of living for Connecticut of $42,280 and greater than the national figure of $38,433.

Using cost of living data from the nonprofift think tank Economic Policy Institute, 24/7 Wall St. estimated the cost of living in Guilford Center and over 29,000 other cities and towns in the US.

Housing Costs in Guilford Center, Connecticut

Housing is one of the largest components of cost of living. In Guilford Center, the median home value is $393,300, greater than the national median home value of $204,900.

Renting is a sometimes lower cost alternative to homeownership. In Guilford Center, some 35.20% of occupied homes are rented, about the same as the 36.2% national renter rate. The typical renter in Guilford Center spends $1,186 a month on housing, about the same as the $1,023 national median monthly rent.

In addition to home value, one of the largest determinants of housing affordability is area income. While nationwide the price of a typical U.S. home is 3.4 times the $60,293 U.S. median household income, housing affordability ratios range from approximately 1.0 in the least expensive cities to more than 10.0 in the country's most expensive markets. In Guilford Center, the median household income is $85,767, 4.6 times the median home value.

Transportation Costs in Guilford Center, Connecticut

Transportation can also be a significant component of cost of living. In Guilford Center, 82.50% of commuters drive to work, compared to 85.5% of commuters nationwide. An estimated 69.00% of workers commute to jobs outside of Guilford Center, a larger share than the 43.7% share of commuters nationwide who live and work in different cities. The average commute in Guilford Center is 23 minutes long, compared to the 26.6-minute average commute nationwide. Taking into account the cost of gas, as well as public transit and car maintenance, the EPI estimates that a single person in Guilford Center spends $9,649 a year on transportation, about the same as the national average of $9,760.

Health Care Costs in Guilford Center, Connecticut

Out-of-pocket health care costs and insurance premiums — assuming at least a basic level of health insurance coverage — are slightly higher than they are on average nationwide in Guilford Center but in line with what they are across Connecticut as a whole.

For a single adult living in the area, average health care costs come out to $4,433 per year, compared to an average of $4,498 across Connecticut and $4,266 nationwide.

Child care Costs in Guilford Center, Connecticut

For families with children, child care adds thousands of dollars to overall annual spending. In Guilford Center, the average annual cost of child care for two children — one 4 year old and one 8 year old — is $16,466, about $700 less than the comparable average of $17,204 across all of Connecticut. Meanwhile, across the U.S. as a whole, childcare expenses for two children averages $15,853 per year.

Food Costs in Guilford Center, Connecticut

Food is another every day expense that has a significant impact on overall cost of living. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that the cost of food varies from city to city and town to town.

In Guilford Center, a single adult spends an average of $3,269 on food annually, and a family of four spends $9,441 on average. For context, average annual food expenditure across Connecticut and the U.S., respectively, are $3,477 and $3,240 for a single adult, and $10,043 and $9,354 for a family of four. These estimates are calculated for a nutritionally adequate diet of food purchased at a grocery store for at-home preparation.

Taxes in Guilford Center, Connecticut

Few expenses vary as much from city to city and town to town as taxes. Accounting for state and federal income taxes, as well as Social Security contributions and Medicare payroll taxes, the average adult working in Guilford Center, Connecticut pays $7,249 annually — closely in line with the statewide average of $7,560.

It is important to note that these calculations do not include other common taxes such as property, sales, and excise taxes. Accounting for these taxes, while excluding taxes levied at the federal level, Guilford Center residents live in a state with a high average tax burden. Per capita state tax collections in Connecticut total $5,341 per year, compared to the $3,151 average across all states.

Methodology

To estimate the cost of housing, food, transportation, health care, child care, taxes, and other necessities, 24/7 Wall St. assigned county-level Economic Policy Institute data to cities, towns, villages and Census-designated places based on boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. For places that span multiple counties, data was aggregated based on the percentage of boundary overlap.


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