Bath 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.
IndexBathMaineNational
Cost of living index106107100
IndexBathMaineNational
Goods & Services index111111100
Groceries index101101100
Health care index113113100
Housing index9194100
Transportation index129129100
Utilities index119119100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Bath, ME. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Bath, ME being 106, that puts it 1% lower than the average of Maine and 6% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Bath, ME, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of Maine as well as 11% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Bath is 1% lower than the Maine average.
  • The cost of living in Bath is 6% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bath is 9% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Bath, ME to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Bath, ME, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Bath, ME salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$58,146$4,846$1,357$1,745
Renters$19,898$1,658$464$597
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Bath, ME as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Bath, ME homeowners, is $58,146. This would allow for a maximum of $1,357 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $19,898 which would result in a maximum of $464 to be spent on rental costs.

Maine Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Maine5.5%5.5%

Maine Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Maine0%7.95%
The Maine sales tax and Maine income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Bath, ME. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Maine sales tax is 5.5% and the maximum surtax is 5.5%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Maine income tax rates range from 0% to 7.95%.

Goods & Services

ItemBathNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.62$14.597.0%
Beauty Salon $38.07$34.689.8%
Toothpaste $2.50$2.471.1%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $10.12$9.872.6%
Bowling $4.76$4.398.4%

Groceries

ItemBathNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $2.99$4.4833.2%
Fried Chicken $1.59$1.468.6%
Milk $2.19$2.367.1%
Potatoes $3.32$3.068.4%
Pizza $8.68$9.246.1%
Beer $8.99$8.634.1%

Health Care

ItemBathNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $142.33$99.7842.6%
Doctor $121.42$105.0315.6%
Dentist $104.81$88.7018.2%
Ibuprofen $8.99$9.414.5%
Lipitor $293.43$298.501.7%

Housing

ItemBathNational avg.Difference
Home Price $166,300.00$175,700.005.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,251.28$1,081.0315.7%
Apartment Rent $748.00$920.0018.7%

Transportation

ItemBathNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.71$2.0929.5%
Tire Balancing $58.40$45.2929.0%

Utilities

ItemBathNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$242.75$170.8042.1%
Phone $24.69$28.2612.6%
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.
Lisbon Falls, ME4,1351033%
Richmond, ME2,0341055%
Wiscasset, ME1,30211111%
Brunswick, ME15,27511111%
Topsham, ME6,22811212%
Bath, ME8,3961066%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Haledon, NJ8,39712121%
Brockport, NY8,39898-2%
Golden Hills, CA8,3981066%
Gulf Hills, MS8,39896-4%
Hillsboro, TX8,39480-20%
Bath, ME8,3961066%
Source: The Bath, ME cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.