Houlton 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.
IndexHoultonMaineNational
Cost of living index92104100
IndexHoultonMaineNational
Goods & Services index110110100
Groceries index104104100
Health care index108108100
Housing index5494100
Transportation index110110100
Utilities index106106100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Houlton, ME. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Houlton, ME being 92, that puts it 12% lower than the average of Maine and 8% lower 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 Houlton, ME, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of Maine as well as 10% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Houlton is 12% lower than the Maine average.
  • The cost of living in Houlton is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Houlton is 46% lower than the national average.
  • Maine general sales tax is 8% higher than the national average.
  • Maine state income tax is 100% 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$48,164$4,014$1,124$1,445
Renters$20,696$1,725$483$621
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Houlton, ME as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Houlton, ME homeowners, is $48,164. This would allow for a maximum of $1,124 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $20,696 which would result in a maximum of $483 to be spent on rental costs.

Maine Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Maine5.5%5.5%

Maine Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Maine0%7.95%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Houlton, ME you will want to make sure you consider both the Maine sales tax and the Maine 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 Maine is 5.5%, with the highest surtax being 5.5%. 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 Maine have a range from 0% to 7.95%.

Goods & Services

ItemHoultonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.72$15.5620.3%
Beauty Salon $39.36$36.119.0%
Toothpaste $4.35$2.4775.9%
Shampoo $0.98$0.961.2%
Movie $9.50$10.136.2%
Bowling $4.75$4.740.3%

Groceries

ItemHoultonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.69$3.9817.7%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.4110.6%
Milk $2.21$2.066.9%
Potatoes $3.74$2.9825.5%
Pizza $8.96$9.475.4%
Beer $9.99$8.7913.6%

Health Care

ItemHoultonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $130.33$101.0429.0%
Doctor $130.00$107.4421.0%
Dentist $94.44$90.424.5%
Ibuprofen $9.66$9.284.1%
Lipitor $394.99$426.507.4%

Housing

ItemHoultonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $92,400.00$175,700.0047.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,320.58$1,133.2316.5%
Apartment Rent $526.00$920.0042.8%

Transportation

ItemHoultonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.01$1.990.9%
Tire Balancing $58.93$45.7628.8%

Utilities

ItemHoultonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$196.33$163.8119.9%
Phone $24.69$28.3913.0%
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.
Houlton, ME4,84092-8%

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Houlton, ME4,84092-8%
Source: The Houlton, ME cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.