Bowie 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.
IndexBowieMarylandNational
Cost of living index134120100
IndexBowieMarylandNational
Goods & Services index121104100
Groceries index117113100
Health care index9892100
Housing index176154100
Transportation index104106100
Utilities index119103100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Bowie, MD is shown above. Compared to the state average of Maryland the cost of living index in Bowie, MD is 134, which is 12% higher than the average in Maryland and compared to the national average it is 34% 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 Bowie, MD goods and services come in at 17% higher than the average in Maryland and are 21% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Bowie is 12% higher than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in Bowie is 34% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bowie is 76% higher 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$112,840$9,403$2,633$3,386
Renters$76,817$6,401$1,792$2,305
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Bowie, MD 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 Bowie, MD homeowners, is $112,840. This would allow for a maximum of $2,633 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $76,817 which would result in a maximum of $1,792 to be spent on rental costs.

Maryland Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Maryland6%6%

Maryland Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Maryland2%5.75%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Bowie, MD, the Maryland income tax and the Maryland sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Maryland maximum surtax is 6%, and the Maryland sales tax is 6%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 2% to 5.75% in Maryland.

Goods & Services

ItemBowieNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.00$15.5628.5%
Beauty Salon $70.00$36.1193.9%
Toothpaste $3.58$2.4744.7%
Shampoo $1.42$0.9647.5%
Movie $13.33$10.1331.7%
Bowling $5.45$4.7415.1%

Groceries

ItemBowieNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.77$3.985.3%
Fried Chicken $2.26$1.4160.4%
Milk $2.39$2.0615.8%
Potatoes $3.82$2.9828.2%
Pizza $10.12$9.476.9%
Beer $9.99$8.7913.6%

Health Care

ItemBowieNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $72.00$101.0428.7%
Doctor $93.50$107.4413.0%
Dentist $92.67$90.422.5%
Ibuprofen $9.99$9.287.7%
Lipitor $463.06$426.508.6%

Housing

ItemBowieNational avg.Difference
Home Price $297,700.00$175,700.0069.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,777.28$1,133.23145.1%
Apartment Rent $1,764.00$920.0091.7%

Transportation

ItemBowieNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$1.990.6%
Tire Balancing $51.67$45.7612.9%

Utilities

ItemBowieNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$223.39$163.8136.4%
Phone $27.32$28.393.8%
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.
Cottage City, MD1,0701088%
Capitol Heights, MD4,45211414%
Silver Hill, MD5,33511414%
Seat Pleasant, MD4,65611414%
Landover, MD23,11211414%
Bowie, MD56,33513434%

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Lake Elsinore, CA56,24311616%
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Bowie, MD56,33513434%
Source: The Bowie, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.