South 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.
IndexSouth LaurelMarylandNational
Cost of living index118115100
IndexSouth LaurelMarylandNational
Goods & Services index9291100
Groceries index113112100
Health care index8688100
Housing index164154100
Transportation index108108100
Utilities index10199100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the South Laurel, MD cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Maryland and cities across the country, the cost of living index in South Laurel, MD is 118, which is 3% higher than the Maryland average and 18% higher 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 South Laurel, MD are 1% higher than the average for Maryland and 8% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in South Laurel is 3% higher than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in South Laurel is 18% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Laurel is 64% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in South Laurel, MD to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in South Laurel, MD, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the South Laurel, MD salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in South Laurel, MD as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for South Laurel, MD homeowners, is $100,368. This would allow for a maximum of $2,342 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $53,442 which would result in a maximum of $1,247 to be spent on rental costs.

Maryland Sales Tax

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Maryland Income Tax

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For those who live in South Laurel, MD and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Maryland income tax rate and the Maryland 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 Maryland, the sales tax is 6%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 6%. 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 Maryland, the income tax rate ranges between 2% to 5.75%.

Goods & Services

ItemSouth LaurelNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.75$14.597.9%
Beauty Salon $47.00$34.6835.5%
Toothpaste $2.18$2.4711.9%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $11.94$9.8721.0%
Bowling $5.30$4.3920.7%


ItemSouth LaurelNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $2.99$4.4833.2%
Fried Chicken $1.59$1.468.6%
Milk $2.65$2.3612.4%
Potatoes $3.69$3.0620.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $8.59$8.630.5%

Health Care

ItemSouth LaurelNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $71.67$99.7828.2%
Doctor $64.00$105.0339.1%
Dentist $81.75$88.707.8%
Ibuprofen $10.83$9.4115.1%
Lipitor $293.64$298.501.6%


ItemSouth LaurelNational avg.Difference
Home Price $306,200.00$175,700.0074.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,313.93$1,081.03114.0%
Apartment Rent $1,276.00$920.0038.7%


ItemSouth LaurelNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.28$2.099.0%
Tire Balancing $48.00$45.296.0%


ItemSouth LaurelNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$178.68$170.804.6%
Phone $26.86$28.264.9%
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.
Cottage City, MD1,07099-1%
Lansdowne, MD8,71498-2%
Capitol Heights, MD4,4521055%
Seat Pleasant, MD4,6561055%
Landover, MD23,1121055%
South Laurel, MD25,63311818%

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South Laurel, MD25,63311818%
Source: The South Laurel, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.