Caribou 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.
IndexCaribouMaineNational
Cost of living index96107100
IndexCaribouMaineNational
Goods & Services index111111100
Groceries index101101100
Health care index113113100
Housing index5794100
Transportation index129129100
Utilities index119119100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Caribou, ME cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Maine and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Caribou, ME is 96, which is 10% lower than the Maine average and 4% lower 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 Caribou, ME are equal to the average for Maine and 11% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Caribou is 10% lower than the Maine average.
  • The cost of living in Caribou is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Caribou is 43% 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$53,136$4,428$1,240$1,594
Renters$18,211$1,518$425$546
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Caribou, 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 Caribou, ME homeowners, is $53,136. This would allow for a maximum of $1,240 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $18,211 which would result in a maximum of $425 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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Caribou, 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

ItemCaribouNational 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

ItemCaribouNational 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

ItemCaribouNational 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

ItemCaribouNational avg.Difference
Home Price $92,500.00$175,700.0047.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,251.28$1,081.0315.7%
Apartment Rent $630.00$920.0031.5%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemCaribouNational 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.
Limestone, ME1,23392-8%
Washburn, ME1,01594-6%
Fort Fairfield, ME1,69294-6%
Mapleton, ME73897-3%
Presque Isle, ME9,49497-3%
Caribou, ME8,02596-4%

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Summit, WA8,02511616%
Lantana, TX8,02513232%
Liberty Lake, WA8,0271077%
Murrells Inlet, SC8,0271099%
Brazil, IN8,02286-14%
Caribou, ME8,02596-4%
Source: The Caribou, ME cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.