Germantown 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.
IndexGermantownMarylandNational
Cost of living index126120100
IndexGermantownMarylandNational
Goods & Services index104104100
Groceries index113113100
Health care index9592100
Housing index174154100
Transportation index109106100
Utilities index100103100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Germantown, MD cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Germantown, MD is 126, which is 5% higher than the Maryland average and 26% higher 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 Germantown, MD are equal to the Maryland average and 4% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Germantown is 5% higher than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in Germantown is 26% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Germantown is 74% 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)
Owners$105,996$8,833$2,473$3,180
Renters$63,430$5,286$1,480$1,903
The affordability of the housing market in Germantown, 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 Germantown, MD homeowners, the median income is $105,996. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,473 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $63,430. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,480 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Maryland Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Maryland6%6%

Maryland Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Maryland2%5.75%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Germantown, MD is the Maryland sales tax and Maryland income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Maryland sales tax rate is 6% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Maryland income tax rates range from 2% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemGermantownNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.56$15.5625.7%
Beauty Salon $55.56$36.1153.9%
Toothpaste $2.78$2.4712.6%
Shampoo $0.99$0.962.2%
Movie $13.06$10.1328.9%
Bowling $5.30$4.7411.9%

Groceries

ItemGermantownNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.32$3.988.5%
Fried Chicken $1.87$1.4132.9%
Milk $2.37$2.0614.7%
Potatoes $3.85$2.9829.2%
Pizza $9.82$9.473.7%
Beer $9.99$8.7913.6%

Health Care

ItemGermantownNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $72.75$101.0428.0%
Doctor $93.11$107.4413.3%
Dentist $85.67$90.425.3%
Ibuprofen $10.08$9.288.6%
Lipitor $443.02$426.503.9%

Housing

ItemGermantownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $305,200.00$175,700.0073.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,420.26$1,133.23113.6%
Apartment Rent $1,610.00$920.0075.0%

Transportation

ItemGermantownNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.15$1.997.7%
Tire Balancing $51.28$45.7612.1%

Utilities

ItemGermantownNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$172.28$163.815.2%
Phone $26.86$28.395.4%
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.
Leisure World, MD9,08911313%
Ballenger Creek, MD18,40011818%
Montgomery Village, MD33,02712020%
Jefferson, MD2,19212222%
Oak Grove, VA1,62512323%
Germantown, MD88,71712626%

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Fall River, MA88,75611616%
Waukegan, IL88,6711000%
Longmont, CO88,54711010%
Plantation, FL88,48611313%
League City, TX88,9791011%
Germantown, MD88,71712626%
Source: The Germantown, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.