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Most Expensive Cities to Live in Middlesex County, NJ

Most Expensive Cities to Live in Middlesex County, NJ
Most Expensive Cities to Live in Middlesex County, NJ

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Most residents already know that life in Middlesex County is expensive.

But doxo, an app designed to help households manage their living expenses, has developed a bill cost index that compares the monthly cost of the 10 most common household bills – mortgage, rent, car loan, utilities, home insurance, health insurance, life insurance, cell phone, cable and alarm systems – with those of other communities. The index does not include food prices.

The study found the following:

  • New Jersey is the fourth most expensive state in the United States when it comes to household bills.
  • The average New Jersey household pays $2,802 per month or $33,672 per year for these bills.
  • That’s 32% more than the national average of $8,114.

The cost of living in Middlesex County is also high compared to the rest of the country:

  • Middlesex is the eleventh most expensive county in New Jersey.
  • The average household in Middlesex County pays $2,789 per month or $33,466 per year for these bills.
  • That’s $7,954, or 31%, more than the annual national average.
  • This amount represents 31% of the county’s median household income of $106,888.

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The most expensive cities in Middlesex County

  • Metuchen, 42nd most expensive community in New Jersey, $3,171 per month.
  • East Brunswick, 47th most expensive city in the state, $3,139 per month.
  • Plainsboro, 52nd most expensive city, $3,111 per month.
  • South Plainfield, 63rd most expensive place, $3,064 per month.
  • Dunellen, 65th most expensive place, $3,050 per month.
  • Monmouth Junction, 76th most expensive place, $2,998 per month.
  • North Brunswick, 86th most expensive city, $2,947 per month.

Most communities in Middlesex County fall in the 80-130 range, with Carteret (191) and Sayreville (176) being the cheapest communities in the county at $2,442 and $2,543, respectively.

The most expensive municipality in New Jersey is Princeton at $4,530 per month. The cheapest is Manchester Township in Ocean County at $1,667.

The two most expensive counties in New Jersey are Morris at $3,377 per month and Bergen at $3,123 per month. The cheapest county is Salem at $2,192 per month.

Somerset ranks third among the counties at $3,123, Hunterdon ranks sixth at $3,033, and Union ranks tenth at $2,790.

However, the numbers may not be as alarming as they seem, since the largest items in Middlesex County’s bills are mortgages and rents.

When these costs are excluded, Middlesex County is surprisingly 2% below the national average.

And when it comes to the share of household income spent on bills, Middlesex County is 32 percent below the national average.

Ethan Mannello: [email protected]

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