Cost of Living in Pippa Passes, Kentucky

Cost of Living in Pippa Passes, Kentucky

Pippa Passes is a city in Knott County, Kentucky, with a population of 631. The total cost of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, taxes, and other necessities for a single adult in Pippa Passes is $32,730 a year — about the same as the annual cost of living for Kentucky of $32,557 yet less 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 Pippa Passes and over 29,000 other cities and towns in the US.

Transportation Costs in Pippa Passes, Kentucky

Transportation can also be a significant component of cost of living. In Pippa Passes, 58.80% of commuters drive to work, compared to 85.5% of commuters nationwide. An estimated 44.50% of workers commute to jobs outside of Pippa Passes, a similar share as the 43.7% share of commuters nationwide who live and work in different cities. The average commute in Pippa Passes is 16.8 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 Pippa Passes spends $11,044 a year on transportation, more than the national average of $9,760.

Health Care Costs in Pippa Passes, Kentucky

Out-of-pocket health care costs and insurance premiums — assuming at least a basic level of health insurance coverage — are closely in line with the national average in Pippa Passes but well above what they are across Kentucky as a whole.

For a single adult living in the area, average health care costs come out to $4,334 per year, compared to an average of $3,679 across Kentucky and $4,266 nationwide.

Child care Costs in Pippa Passes, Kentucky

For families with children, child care adds thousands of dollars to overall annual spending. In Pippa Passes, the average annual cost of child care for two children — one 4 year old and one 8 year old — is $9,889, about $3,100 less than the comparable average of $12,978 across all of Kentucky. Meanwhile, across the U.S. as a whole, childcare expenses for two children averages $15,853 per year.

Food Costs in Pippa Passes, Kentucky

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 Pippa Passes, a single adult spends an average of $2,943 on food annually, and a family of four spends $8,500 on average. For context, average annual food expenditure across Kentucky and the U.S., respectively, are $2,932 and $3,240 for a single adult, and $8,467 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 Pippa Passes, Kentucky

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 Pippa Passes, Kentucky pays $5,760 annually — closely in line with the statewide average of $5,723.

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, Pippa Passes residents live in a state with a low average tax burden. Per capita state tax collections in Kentucky total $2,699 per year, compared to the $3,151 average across all states.


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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