Marlow Heights 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.
IndexMarlow HeightsMarylandNational
Cost of living index111115100
IndexMarlow HeightsMarylandNational
Goods & Services index9891100
Groceries index112112100
Health care index9488100
Housing index128154100
Transportation index121108100
Utilities index9899100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Marlow Heights, MD is displayed above. In Marlow Heights, MD, the overall cost of living index is 111, which is 4% lower than the Maryland average and 11% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Marlow Heights, MD, the city's goods and services are 7% higher than the Maryland average and 2% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Marlow Heights is 4% lower than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in Marlow Heights is 11% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Marlow Heights is 28% 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)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Marlow Heights, 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 Marlow Heights, MD homeowners, is $84,063. This would allow for a maximum of $1,961 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $38,994 which would result in a maximum of $910 to be spent on rental costs.

Maryland Sales Tax

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Maryland Income Tax

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For those who live in Marlow Heights, 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

ItemMarlow HeightsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$14.5919.9%
Beauty Salon $53.25$34.6853.5%
Toothpaste $2.24$2.479.4%
Shampoo $1.02$1.020.2%
Movie $12.71$9.8728.8%
Bowling $5.38$4.3922.5%


ItemMarlow HeightsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.49$4.4822.0%
Fried Chicken $1.66$1.4613.4%
Milk $2.68$2.3613.7%
Potatoes $3.69$3.0620.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $9.29$8.637.6%

Health Care

ItemMarlow HeightsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $73.50$99.7826.3%
Doctor $87.20$105.0317.0%
Dentist $86.40$88.702.6%
Ibuprofen $11.38$9.4120.9%
Lipitor $293.64$298.501.6%


ItemMarlow HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $224,400.00$175,700.0027.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,743.63$1,081.03153.8%
Apartment Rent $1,180.00$920.0028.3%


ItemMarlow HeightsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.59$2.0923.8%
Tire Balancing $52.00$45.2914.8%


ItemMarlow HeightsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$167.80$170.801.8%
Phone $27.32$28.263.3%
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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Source: The Marlow Heights, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.