North Laurel 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.
IndexNorth LaurelMarylandNational
Cost of living index128120100
IndexNorth LaurelMarylandNational
Goods & Services index106109100
Groceries index107111100
Health care index9293100
Housing index181150100
Transportation index103104100
Utilities index107104100
A general summary of the cost of living index in North Laurel, MD is shown above. Compared to the state average of Maryland the cost of living index in North Laurel, MD is 128, which is 6% higher than the average in Maryland and compared to the national average it is 28% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In North Laurel, MD goods and services come in at 3% lower than the average in Maryland and are 6% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in North Laurel is 6% higher than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in North Laurel is 28% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in North Laurel is 81% 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$123,281$10,273$2,876$3,699
Renters$64,861$5,405$1,513$1,946
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in North Laurel, MD by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in North Laurel, MD have a median income of $123,281. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,876 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $64,861, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,513.

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 North Laurel, 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

ItemNorth LaurelNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.44$16.0920.9%
Beauty Salon $54.28$37.3345.4%
Toothpaste $3.43$2.4540.0%
Shampoo $1.12$1.0012.3%
Movie $12.83$10.2824.8%
Bowling $5.54$4.9312.4%

Groceries

ItemNorth LaurelNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.46$3.8017.2%
Fried Chicken $1.70$1.4021.9%
Milk $2.89$2.0143.9%
Potatoes $4.04$3.0134.2%
Pizza $10.50$9.896.2%
Beer $10.49$8.9017.9%

Health Care

ItemNorth LaurelNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $75.77$102.1625.8%
Doctor $87.18$108.3619.5%
Dentist $83.13$92.5310.2%
Ibuprofen $10.69$9.2815.2%
Lipitor $448.22$425.825.3%

Housing

ItemNorth LaurelNational avg.Difference
Home Price $335,400.00$184,700.0081.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,748.91$1,202.4445.4%
Apartment Rent $1,702.00$949.0079.3%

Transportation

ItemNorth LaurelNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.21$2.241.4%
Tire Balancing $52.00$46.2912.3%

Utilities

ItemNorth LaurelNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$182.48$165.9610.0%
Phone $29.99$28.684.6%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Baltimore, MD621,0001000%
Cottage City, MD1,20911010%
Lansdowne, MD8,3651011%
Landover, MD23,12411313%
Bladensburg, MD9,50511313%
North Laurel, MD23,59012828%

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Bainbridge Island, WA23,57616868%
Old Bridge, NJ23,56912626%
Fairfax, VA23,62014848%
Greenbelt, MD23,62311717%
North Laurel, MD23,59012828%
Source: The North Laurel, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.