Brandywine 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.
IndexBrandywineMarylandNational
Cost of living index122115100
IndexBrandywineMarylandNational
Goods & Services index9891100
Groceries index112112100
Health care index9488100
Housing index166154100
Transportation index121108100
Utilities index9899100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Brandywine, MD cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Maryland and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Brandywine, MD is 122, which is 6% higher than the Maryland average and 22% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Brandywine, MD are 7% higher than the average for Maryland and 2% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Brandywine is 6% higher than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in Brandywine is 22% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Brandywine is 66% 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$114,979$9,582$2,683$3,450
Renters$61,758$5,147$1,441$1,853
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Brandywine, 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 Brandywine, MD homeowners, is $114,979. This would allow for a maximum of $2,683 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $61,758 which would result in a maximum of $1,441 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%
The Maryland sales tax and Maryland income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Brandywine, MD. 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 Maryland sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 6%. 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 Maryland income tax rates range from 2% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemBrandywineNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $53.25$34.6853.5%
Toothpaste $2.24$2.479.4%
Shampoo $1.02$1.020.2%
Movie $12.71$9.8728.8%
Bowling $5.38$4.3922.5%

Groceries

ItemBrandywineNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.49$4.4822.0%
Fried Chicken $1.66$1.4613.4%
Milk $2.68$2.3613.7%
Potatoes $3.69$3.0620.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.29$8.637.6%

Health Care

ItemBrandywineNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $73.50$99.7826.3%
Doctor $87.20$105.0317.0%
Dentist $86.40$88.702.6%
Ibuprofen $11.38$9.4120.9%
Lipitor $293.64$298.501.6%

Housing

ItemBrandywineNational avg.Difference
Home Price $297,900.00$175,700.0069.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,743.63$1,081.03153.8%
Apartment Rent $1,462.00$920.0058.9%

Transportation

ItemBrandywineNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.59$2.0923.8%
Tire Balancing $52.00$45.2914.8%

Utilities

ItemBrandywineNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$167.80$170.801.8%
Phone $27.32$28.263.3%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Port Tobacco Village, MD51044%
Woodlawn, VA2,08286-14%
Cedarville, MD61095-5%
Belle Haven, VA37695-5%
Capitol Heights, MD4,4521055%
Brandywine, MD8,79112222%

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Brandywine, MD8,79112222%
Source: The Brandywine, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.