Dundalk 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.
IndexDundalkMarylandNational
Cost of living index96115100
IndexDundalkMarylandNational
Goods & Services index9191100
Groceries index111112100
Health care index9088100
Housing index92154100
Transportation index109108100
Utilities index9799100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Dundalk, MD cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Dundalk, MD is 96, which is 17% lower than the Maryland average and 4% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Dundalk, MD are 1% lower than the Maryland average and 9% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Dundalk is 17% lower than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in Dundalk is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Dundalk is 8% lower 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$55,043$4,587$1,284$1,651
Renters$40,011$3,334$934$1,200
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Dundalk, MD by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Dundalk, MD have a median income of $55,043. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,284 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $40,011, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $934.

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 Dundalk, 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

ItemDundalkNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.75$14.597.9%
Beauty Salon $43.00$34.6824.0%
Toothpaste $2.13$2.4713.9%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $10.81$9.879.5%
Bowling $5.30$4.3920.7%

Groceries

ItemDundalkNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.49$4.4822.0%
Fried Chicken $1.57$1.467.2%
Milk $2.59$2.369.9%
Potatoes $3.89$3.0627.1%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.49$8.631.7%

Health Care

ItemDundalkNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $67.49$99.7832.4%
Doctor $80.00$105.0323.8%
Dentist $81.75$88.707.8%
Ibuprofen $10.58$9.4112.4%
Lipitor $293.64$298.501.6%

Housing

ItemDundalkNational avg.Difference
Home Price $149,500.00$175,700.0014.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,575.45$1,081.0345.7%
Apartment Rent $996.00$920.008.3%

Transportation

ItemDundalkNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.28$2.099.0%
Tire Balancing $48.80$45.297.8%

Utilities

ItemDundalkNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$159.30$170.806.7%
Phone $28.67$28.261.5%
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.
Baltimore, MD622,27196-4%
Middle River, MD26,65298-2%
Lansdowne, MD8,71498-2%
Essex, MD37,38099-1%
Edgewood, MD26,47999-1%
Dundalk, MD62,18696-4%

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Eden Prairie, MN62,09612121%
Santa Cruz, CA62,04517575%
Taylor, MI62,33184-16%
Bethesda, MD62,02418686%
Dundalk, MD62,18696-4%
Source: The Dundalk, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.