Wheaton 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.
IndexWheatonMarylandNational
Cost of living index125115100
IndexWheatonMarylandNational
Goods & Services index9291100
Groceries index113112100
Health care index8688100
Housing index186154100
Transportation index108108100
Utilities index10199100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Wheaton, MD is shown above. Compared to the state average of Maryland the cost of living index in Wheaton, MD is 125, which is 9% higher than the average in Maryland and compared to the national average it is 25% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Wheaton, MD goods and services come in at 1% higher than the average in Maryland and are 8% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Wheaton is 9% higher than the Maryland average.
  • The cost of living in Wheaton is 25% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Wheaton is 86% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$91,894$7,658$2,144$2,757
Renters$52,533$4,378$1,226$1,576
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Wheaton, MD, 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 Wheaton, MD homeowners have a median income of $91,894. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,144 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $52,533, which means there is a maximum of $1,226 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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 Wheaton, 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

ItemWheatonNational 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%

Groceries

ItemWheatonNational 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

ItemWheatonNational 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%

Housing

ItemWheatonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $330,200.00$175,700.0087.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,313.93$1,081.03114.0%
Apartment Rent $1,673.00$920.0081.8%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemWheatonNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Cottage City, MD1,07099-1%
Capitol Heights, MD4,4521055%
Silver Hill, MD5,3351055%
Seat Pleasant, MD4,6561055%
Landover, MD23,1121055%
Wheaton, MD49,83112525%

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Wheaton, MD49,83112525%
Source: The Wheaton, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.