Baltimore 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.
IndexBaltimoreMarylandNational
Cost of living index96116100
IndexBaltimoreMarylandNational
Goods & Services index9191100
Groceries index111112100
Health care index9088100
Housing index93157100
Transportation index109108100
Utilities index9799100

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  • The cost of living in Baltimore is 17% lower than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in Baltimore is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Baltimore is 7% lower than the national average.
  • Maryland general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Maryland state income tax is 10% lower than the national average.

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Maryland Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Maryland6%6%

Maryland Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Maryland2%5.75%

Goods & Services

ItemBaltimoreNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.75$14.597.9%
Beauty Salon $43.00$34.6824.0%
Toothpaste $2.13$2.4713.9%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $10.81$9.879.5%
Bowling $5.30$4.3920.7%

Groceries

ItemBaltimoreNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.49$4.4822.0%
Fried Chicken $1.57$1.467.2%
Milk $2.59$2.369.9%
Potatoes $3.89$3.0627.1%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.49$8.631.7%

Health Care

ItemBaltimoreNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $67.49$99.7832.4%
Doctor $80.00$105.0323.8%
Dentist $81.75$88.707.8%
Ibuprofen $10.58$9.4112.4%
Lipitor $293.64$298.501.6%

Housing

ItemBaltimoreNational avg.Difference
Home Price $161,300.00$181,400.0011.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,575.45$1,081.0345.7%
Apartment Rent $909.00$889.002.2%

Transportation

ItemBaltimoreNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.28$2.099.0%
Tire Balancing $48.80$45.297.8%

Utilities

ItemBaltimoreNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.30$170.806.7%
Phone $28.67$28.261.5%
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.
Franklin, MD23091-9%
Dundalk, MD62,45997-3%
Middle River, MD25,30199-1%
Lansdowne, MD9,32899-1%
Essex, MD38,6661011%
Baltimore, MD620,64496-4%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Boston, MA619,66214444%
Seattle, WA612,91614242%
Nashville, TN605,85997-3%
Washington, DC605,75913636%
Denver, CO604,3561077%
Baltimore, MD620,64496-4%
Source: The Baltimore, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.