Maryland 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.
IndexMaryland HeightsMissouriNational
Cost of living index9791100
IndexMaryland HeightsMissouriNational
Goods & Services index9799100
Groceries index10195100
Health care index10197100
Housing index9079100
Transportation index9287100
Utilities index114104100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Maryland Heights, MO is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Maryland Heights, MO enjoy a cost of living index of 97. This index is 6% higher than the Missouri average, and 3% lower 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 Maryland Heights, MO, the average cost of goods and services is 2% lower than it is in Missouri, and it is 3% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Maryland Heights is 6% higher than the Missouri average.
  • The cost of living in Maryland Heights is 3% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Maryland Heights is 10% lower than the national average.
  • Missouri general sales tax is 17% lower than the national average.
  • Missouri state income tax is 33% 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$70,960$5,913$1,656$2,129
Renters$46,177$3,848$1,077$1,385
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Maryland Heights, MO, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Maryland Heights, MO, the median monthly income is $70,960 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,656 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $46,177, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,077 on monthly rental expenses.

Missouri Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Missouri4.225%9.35%

Missouri Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Missouri1.5%6%
For those who live in Maryland Heights, MO and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Missouri income tax rate and the Missouri 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 Missouri, the sales tax is 4.225%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 9.35%. 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 Missouri, the income tax rate ranges between 1.5% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemMaryland HeightsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.17$14.5910.8%
Beauty Salon $34.85$34.680.5%
Toothpaste $2.47$2.470.1%
Shampoo $0.87$1.0214.9%
Movie $10.46$9.876.0%
Bowling $3.64$4.3917.1%

Groceries

ItemMaryland HeightsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.69$4.4827.1%
Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4635.9%
Milk $2.61$2.3610.7%
Potatoes $2.41$3.0621.3%
Pizza $8.39$9.249.2%
Beer $7.99$8.637.4%

Health Care

ItemMaryland HeightsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $83.00$99.7816.8%
Doctor $98.56$105.036.2%
Dentist $93.75$88.705.7%
Ibuprofen $10.71$9.4113.8%
Lipitor $306.38$298.502.6%

Housing

ItemMaryland HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $155,100.00$175,700.0011.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $711.37$1,081.0334.2%
Apartment Rent $869.00$920.005.5%

Transportation

ItemMaryland HeightsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.86$2.0910.9%
Tire Balancing $44.70$45.291.3%

Utilities

ItemMaryland HeightsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$164.26$170.803.8%
Phone $39.44$28.2639.6%
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.
Champ, MO11100-0%
Brooklyn, IL80779-21%
Venice, IL1,75181-19%
East Carondelet, IL54683-17%
Wellston, MO2,01083-17%
Maryland Heights, MO27,42097-3%

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West Chicago, IL27,4161066%
Englewood, NJ27,43515757%
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Benicia, CA27,45014747%
Frankfort, KY27,38989-11%
Maryland Heights, MO27,42097-3%
Source: The Maryland Heights, MO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.