Auburn cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexAuburnMaineNational
Cost of living index101104100
IndexAuburnMaineNational
Goods & Services index110110100
Groceries index104104100
Health care index108108100
Housing index8494100
Transportation index110110100
Utilities index106106100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Auburn, ME is shown above. Compared to the state average of Maine the cost of living index in Auburn, ME is 101, which is 3% lower than the average in Maine and compared to the national average it is 1% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Auburn, ME goods and services come in at equal to the average in Maine and are 10% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Auburn is 3% lower than the Maine average.
  • The cost of living in Auburn is 1% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Auburn is 16% lower than the national average.
  • Maine general sales tax is 8% higher than the national average.
  • Maine state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$70,920$5,910$1,655$2,128
Renters$25,341$2,112$591$760
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Auburn, ME by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Auburn, ME have a median income of $70,920. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,655 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $25,341, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $591.

Maine Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Maine5.5%5.5%

Maine Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Maine0%7.95%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Auburn, ME you will want to make sure you consider both the Maine sales tax and the Maine income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Maine is 5.5%, with the highest surtax being 5.5%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Maine have a range from 0% to 7.95%.

Goods & Services

ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.72$15.5620.3%
Beauty Salon $39.36$36.119.0%
Toothpaste $4.35$2.4775.9%
Shampoo $0.98$0.961.2%
Movie $9.50$10.136.2%
Bowling $4.75$4.740.3%

Groceries

ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.69$3.9817.7%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.4110.6%
Milk $2.21$2.066.9%
Potatoes $3.74$2.9825.5%
Pizza $8.96$9.475.4%
Beer $9.99$8.7913.6%

Health Care

ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $130.33$101.0429.0%
Doctor $130.00$107.4421.0%
Dentist $94.44$90.424.5%
Ibuprofen $9.66$9.284.1%
Lipitor $394.99$426.507.4%

Housing

ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Home Price $153,500.00$175,700.0012.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,320.58$1,133.2316.5%
Apartment Rent $707.00$920.0023.2%

Transportation

ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.01$1.990.9%
Tire Balancing $58.93$45.7628.8%

Utilities

ItemAuburnNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$196.33$163.8119.9%
Phone $24.69$28.3913.0%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Oxford, ME1,40194-6%
South Paris, ME2,90696-4%
Lisbon Falls, ME4,13599-1%
Mechanic Falls, ME1,69899-1%
Lewiston, ME36,4101000%
Auburn, ME22,9601011%

Cities with similar population

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West Springfield, VA22,95614646%
Van Buren, AR22,95584-16%
Roselle, IL22,95111616%
Radcliff, KY22,93986-14%
Daphne, AL22,9831011%
Auburn, ME22,9601011%
Source: The Auburn, ME cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.