Chestertown 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.
IndexChestertownMarylandNational
Cost of living index107115100
IndexChestertownMarylandNational
Goods & Services index10791100
Groceries index107112100
Health care index10288100
Housing index108154100
Transportation index101108100
Utilities index11499100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Chestertown, MD cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Maryland and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Chestertown, MD is 107, which is 7% lower than the Maryland average and 7% 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 Chestertown, MD are 18% higher than the average for Maryland and 7% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Chestertown is 7% lower than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in Chestertown is 7% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Chestertown is 8% 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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Use the salary calculator to compare your current salary in Chestertown, MD to any other city. The salary calculator will tell you how much you would need to earn in any given city to maintain the same standard of living based on the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the city you are looking to relocate to is higher than the cost of living in Chestertown, MD, then you would need to earn more income in order to maintain the same standard of living. To use the Chestertown, MD salary calculator, simply enter in the name of the new city, then adjust the slider to your current income. The salary calculator will do the rest and let you know if you need to earn more or less in the new city. You will also see a complete breakdown of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$60,299$5,025$1,407$1,809
Renters$24,903$2,075$581$747
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Chestertown, MD, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Chestertown, MD has a median income of about $60,299 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,407 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $24,903. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $581 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Maryland Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Maryland6%6%

Maryland Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Maryland2%5.75%
For those who live in Chestertown, MD and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Maryland income tax rate and the Maryland sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Maryland, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 6%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Maryland, the income tax rate ranges between 2% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemChestertownNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.00$14.5910.9%
Beauty Salon $37.50$34.688.1%
Toothpaste $2.98$2.4720.5%
Shampoo $1.03$1.020.8%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $3.99$4.399.1%

Groceries

ItemChestertownNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.59$4.482.5%
Fried Chicken $1.72$1.4617.5%
Milk $1.95$2.3617.3%
Potatoes $3.99$3.0630.3%
Pizza $8.49$9.248.1%
Beer $8.74$8.631.2%

Health Care

ItemChestertownNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $135.00$99.7835.3%
Doctor $87.50$105.0316.7%
Dentist $92.50$88.704.3%
Ibuprofen $10.46$9.4111.1%
Lipitor $320.25$298.507.3%

Housing

ItemChestertownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $206,400.00$175,700.0017.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $825.43$1,081.0323.6%
Apartment Rent $786.00$920.0014.6%

Transportation

ItemChestertownNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.09$2.090.1%
Tire Balancing $47.50$45.294.9%

Utilities

ItemChestertownNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$204.71$170.8019.9%
Phone $29.95$28.266.0%
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.
Sudlersville, MD41199-1%
Butlertown, MD35694-6%
Edesville, MD14595-5%
Barclay, MD541011%
Cecilton, MD6751066%
Chestertown, MD5,2211077%

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Robbins, IL5,22191-9%
Eaton Rapids, MI5,22183-17%
Berkeley, IL5,2191055%
West Clarkston-Highland, WA5,22491-9%
Anthony, TX5,21884-16%
Chestertown, MD5,2211077%
Source: The Chestertown, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.