Pocomoke City 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.
IndexPocomoke CityMarylandNational
Cost of living index96120100
IndexPocomoke CityMarylandNational
Goods & Services index105104100
Groceries index105113100
Health care index9692100
Housing index80154100
Transportation index95106100
Utilities index109103100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Pocomoke City, MD cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Maryland and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Pocomoke City, MD is 96, which is 20% lower than the Maryland average and 4% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Pocomoke City, MD are 1% higher than the average for Maryland and 5% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Pocomoke City is 20% lower than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in Pocomoke City is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Pocomoke City is 20% lower 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$50,324$4,194$1,174$1,510
Renters$16,906$1,409$394$507
The affordability of the housing market in Pocomoke City, MD as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Pocomoke City, MD homeowners, the median income is $50,324. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,174 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $16,906. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $394 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Maryland Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Maryland6%6%

Maryland Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Maryland2%5.75%
The Maryland sales tax and Maryland income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Pocomoke City, MD. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Maryland sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Maryland income tax rates range from 2% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemPocomoke CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.33$15.5620.8%
Beauty Salon $33.33$36.117.7%
Toothpaste $2.63$2.476.2%
Shampoo $1.05$0.968.8%
Movie $11.67$10.1315.2%
Bowling $4.79$4.741.2%

Groceries

ItemPocomoke CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.77$3.9819.8%
Fried Chicken $1.59$1.4112.8%
Milk $2.02$2.062.3%
Potatoes $3.74$2.9825.3%
Pizza $9.61$9.471.4%
Beer $9.66$8.799.8%

Health Care

ItemPocomoke CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $131.00$101.0429.6%
Doctor $82.39$107.4423.3%
Dentist $88.34$90.422.3%
Ibuprofen $9.90$9.286.7%
Lipitor $434.08$426.501.8%

Housing

ItemPocomoke CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $140,600.00$175,700.0020.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $861.28$1,133.2324.0%
Apartment Rent $737.00$920.0019.9%

Transportation

ItemPocomoke CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.88$1.995.6%
Tire Balancing $43.80$45.764.3%

Utilities

ItemPocomoke CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$182.99$163.8111.7%
Phone $29.95$28.395.5%
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.
New Church, VA1751022%
Oak Hall, VA3601022%
Whitehaven, MD631033%
Greenbackville, VA1901033%
Horntown, VA31584-16%
Pocomoke City, MD4,17096-4%

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Pocomoke City, MD4,17096-4%
Source: The Pocomoke City, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.