Edgewater 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.
Cost of living index127115100
Goods & Services index9191100
Groceries index111112100
Health care index9088100
Housing index195154100
Transportation index109108100
Utilities index9799100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Edgewater, MD cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Maryland and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Edgewater, MD is 127, which is 10% higher than the Maryland average and 27% 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 Edgewater, MD are 1% lower than the average for Maryland and 9% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Edgewater is 10% higher than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in Edgewater is 27% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Edgewater is 95% 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)
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Edgewater, 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 Edgewater, MD have a median income of $101,923. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,378 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $68,654, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,602.

Maryland Sales Tax

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Maryland Income Tax

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For those who live in Edgewater, 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

ItemEdgewaterNational 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%


ItemEdgewaterNational 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

ItemEdgewaterNational 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%


ItemEdgewaterNational avg.Difference
Home Price $349,000.00$175,700.0098.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,575.45$1,081.0345.7%
Apartment Rent $1,727.00$920.0087.7%


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


ItemEdgewaterNational 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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Upper Marlboro, MD6461066%
Glen Burnie, MD67,5591099%
Largo, MD10,30111717%
Marlton, MD9,46011818%
Fort Meade, MD9,80911414%
Edgewater, MD9,19212727%

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Edgewater, MD9,19212727%
Source: The Edgewater, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.