Rumford 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.
IndexRumfordMaineNational
Cost of living index94107100
IndexRumfordMaineNational
Goods & Services index111111100
Groceries index101101100
Health care index113113100
Housing index4994100
Transportation index129129100
Utilities index119119100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Rumford, ME is displayed above. In Rumford, ME, the overall cost of living index is 94, which is 13% lower than the Maine average and 6% lower 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 Rumford, ME, the city's goods and services are equal to the Maine average and 11% higher than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Rumford is 13% lower than the Maine average.
  • The cost of living in Rumford is 6% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Rumford is 51% lower 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$37,813$3,151$882$1,135
Renters$12,200$1,017$285$366
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Rumford, ME 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 Rumford, ME have a median income of $37,813. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $882 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $12,200, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $285.

Maine Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Maine5.5%5.5%

Maine Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Maine0%7.95%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Rumford, ME, the Maine income tax and the Maine sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Maine maximum surtax is 5.5%, and the Maine sales tax is 5.5%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0% to 7.95% in Maine.

Goods & Services

ItemRumfordNational 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

ItemRumfordNational 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

ItemRumfordNational 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

ItemRumfordNational avg.Difference
Home Price $77,900.00$175,700.0055.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,251.28$1,081.0315.7%
Apartment Rent $552.00$920.0040.0%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemRumfordNational 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.
Mexico, ME1,65093-7%
Dixfield, ME94895-5%
Rumford, ME4,39594-6%

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Osage Beach, MO4,39599-1%
Lyons, GA4,39582-18%
Monte Vista, CO4,39490-10%
Middletown, MD4,39612828%
Southern Shops, SC4,39483-17%
Rumford, ME4,39594-6%
Source: The Rumford, ME cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.