Lutherville 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 index118115100
Goods & Services index9191100
Groceries index111112100
Health care index9088100
Housing index165154100
Transportation index109108100
Utilities index9799100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Lutherville, MD is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Lutherville, MD enjoy a cost of living index of 118. This index is 2% higher than the Maryland average, and 18% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Lutherville, MD, the average cost of goods and services is 1% lower than it is in Maryland, and it is 9% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Lutherville is 2% higher than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in Lutherville is 18% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lutherville is 65% 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 percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Lutherville, MD 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 Lutherville, MD homeowners, is $100,227. This would allow for a maximum of $2,338 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $43,750 which would result in a maximum of $1,021 to be spent on rental costs.

Maryland Sales Tax

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Maryland Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Lutherville, 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

ItemLuthervilleNational 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%


ItemLuthervilleNational 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

ItemLuthervilleNational 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%


ItemLuthervilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $318,200.00$175,700.0081.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,575.45$1,081.0345.7%
Apartment Rent $1,174.00$920.0027.6%


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


ItemLuthervilleNational 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.
Bel Air, MD1,11994-6%
Dundalk, MD62,18696-4%
Baltimore, MD622,27196-4%
Middle River, MD26,65298-2%
Lansdowne, MD8,71498-2%
Lutherville, MD6,47611818%

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Lutherville, MD6,47611818%
Source: The Lutherville, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.