College Park 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.
IndexCollege ParkMarylandNational
Cost of living index118115100
IndexCollege ParkMarylandNational
Goods & Services index9891100
Groceries index112112100
Health care index9488100
Housing index150154100
Transportation index121108100
Utilities index9899100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in College Park, MD. As you can see, with the average cost of living in College Park, MD being 118, that puts it 2% higher than the average of Maryland and 18% 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 College Park, MD, the price of goods and services are 7% higher than the average of Maryland as well as 2% lower than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in College Park is 2% higher than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in College Park is 18% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in College Park is 50% 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

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The affordability of the housing market in College Park, MD as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among College Park, MD homeowners, the median income is $86,250. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,012 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $28,223. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $658 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Maryland Sales Tax

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Maryland Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in College Park, MD you will want to make sure you consider both the Maryland sales tax and the Maryland 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 Maryland is 6%, with the highest surtax being 6%. 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 Maryland have a range from 2% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemCollege ParkNational 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%


ItemCollege ParkNational 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

ItemCollege ParkNational 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%


ItemCollege ParkNational avg.Difference
Home Price $256,100.00$175,700.0045.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,743.63$1,081.03153.8%
Apartment Rent $1,471.00$920.0059.9%


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


ItemCollege ParkNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Cottage City, MD1,07099-1%
Capitol Heights, MD4,4521055%
Silver Hill, MD5,3351055%
Seat Pleasant, MD4,6561055%
Landover, MD23,1121055%
College Park, MD31,38711818%

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Bowling Green, OH31,36695-5%
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Fallbrook, CA31,43513434%
Salisbury, MD31,3341033%
College Park, MD31,38711818%
Source: The College Park, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.