Orono 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.
IndexOronoMaineNational
Cost of living index106104100
IndexOronoMaineNational
Goods & Services index110110100
Groceries index104104100
Health care index108108100
Housing index10294100
Transportation index110110100
Utilities index106106100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Orono, ME is shown above. Compared to the state average of Maine the cost of living index in Orono, ME is 106, which is 2% higher than the average in Maine and compared to the national average it is 6% 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 Orono, ME goods and services come in at equal to the average in Maine and are 10% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Orono is 2% higher than the Maine average.
  • The cost of living in Orono is 6% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Orono is 2% higher 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$89,643$7,470$2,092$2,690
Renters$20,274$1,690$473$608
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Orono, ME, 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 Orono, ME, the median monthly income is $89,643 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,092 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $20,274, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $473 on monthly rental expenses.

Maine Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Maine5.5%5.5%

Maine Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Maine0%7.95%
For those who live in Orono, ME and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Maine income tax rate and the Maine 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 Maine, the sales tax is 5.5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 5.5%. 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 Maine, the income tax rate ranges between 0% to 7.95%.

Goods & Services

ItemOronoNational 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

ItemOronoNational 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

ItemOronoNational 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

ItemOronoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $192,900.00$175,700.009.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,320.58$1,133.2316.5%
Apartment Rent $784.00$920.0014.8%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemOronoNational 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.
Milford, ME2,25697-3%
Old Town, ME7,75697-3%
Bangor, ME32,8001011%
Brewer, ME9,3911022%
Hampden, ME3,9441066%
Orono, ME9,5141066%

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Elon, NC9,5161066%
Decatur, IN9,51182-18%
Jeannette, PA9,52282-18%
Zuni Pueblo, NM9,50476-24%
Astoria, OR9,50311414%
Orono, ME9,5141066%
Source: The Orono, ME cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.