Portland 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.
IndexPortlandMaineNational
Cost of living index116107100
IndexPortlandMaineNational
Goods & Services index111111100
Groceries index101101100
Health care index113113100
Housing index12494100
Transportation index129129100
Utilities index119119100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Portland, ME is displayed above. In Portland, ME, the overall cost of living index is 116, which is 8% higher than the Maine average and 16% 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 Portland, ME, the city's goods and services are equal to the Maine average and 11% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Portland is 8% higher than the Maine average.
  • The cost of living in Portland is 16% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Portland is 24% 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$75,426$6,286$1,760$2,263
Renters$28,971$2,414$676$869
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Portland, ME, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Portland, ME homeowners have a median income of $75,426. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,760 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $28,971, which means there is a maximum of $676 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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 Portland, 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

ItemPortlandNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.62$14.597.0%
Beauty Salon $38.07$34.689.8%
Toothpaste $2.50$2.471.1%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $10.12$9.872.6%
Bowling $4.76$4.398.4%

Groceries

ItemPortlandNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $2.99$4.4833.2%
Fried Chicken $1.59$1.468.6%
Milk $2.19$2.367.1%
Potatoes $3.32$3.068.4%
Pizza $8.68$9.246.1%
Beer $8.99$8.634.1%

Health Care

ItemPortlandNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $142.33$99.7842.6%
Doctor $121.42$105.0315.6%
Dentist $104.81$88.7018.2%
Ibuprofen $8.99$9.414.5%
Lipitor $293.43$298.501.7%

Housing

ItemPortlandNational avg.Difference
Home Price $236,000.00$175,700.0034.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,251.28$1,081.0315.7%
Apartment Rent $932.00$920.001.3%

Transportation

ItemPortlandNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.71$2.0929.5%
Tire Balancing $58.40$45.2929.0%

Utilities

ItemPortlandNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$242.75$170.8042.1%
Phone $24.69$28.2612.6%
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.
South Windham, ME1,1901044%
Little Falls, ME4081077%
Old Orchard Beach, ME8,67911010%
Westbrook, ME17,66211111%
North Windham, ME4,57311313%
Portland, ME66,31711616%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Yorba Linda, CA66,33517575%
Oshkosh, WI66,43093-7%
Fort Myers, FL66,16797-3%
Davis, CA66,09315555%
Schenectady, NY66,05599-1%
Portland, ME66,31711616%
Source: The Portland, ME cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.