Westbrook 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.
IndexWestbrookMaineNational
Cost of living index111107100
IndexWestbrookMaineNational
Goods & Services index111111100
Groceries index101101100
Health care index113113100
Housing index10694100
Transportation index129129100
Utilities index119119100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Westbrook, ME is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Westbrook, ME enjoy a cost of living index of 111. This index is 3% higher than the Maine average, and 11% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Westbrook, ME, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in Maine, and it is 11% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Westbrook is 3% higher than the Maine average.
  • The cost of living in Westbrook is 11% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Westbrook is 6% 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$63,956$5,330$1,492$1,919
Renters$22,060$1,838$515$662
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Westbrook, ME, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Westbrook, ME has a median income of about $63,956 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,492 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $22,060. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $515 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Maine Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Maine5.5%5.5%

Maine Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Maine0%7.95%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Westbrook, ME is the Maine sales tax and Maine income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Maine sales tax rate is 5.5% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 5.5%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Maine income tax rates range from 0% to 7.95%.

Goods & Services

ItemWestbrookNational 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

ItemWestbrookNational 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

ItemWestbrookNational 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

ItemWestbrookNational avg.Difference
Home Price $196,000.00$175,700.0011.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,251.28$1,081.0315.7%
Apartment Rent $871.00$920.005.3%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemWestbrookNational 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%
Steep Falls, ME1,2451099%
Old Orchard Beach, ME8,67911010%
North Windham, ME4,57311313%
Westbrook, ME17,66211111%

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St. Matthews, KY17,6861011%
Westbrook, ME17,66211111%
Source: The Westbrook, ME cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.