Overall 3%
Goods & Services 5%
Housing 0%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from C2ER in January, 2021; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
Cost of living103100121
Goods & Services105105110
Health care848485

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Jonestown is 14% lower than the Baltimore average
  • The cost of living in Jonestown is 3% higher than the national average
  • Jonestown housing is equal to the national average
  • Maryland general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average
  • Maryland state income tax is 19% lower than the national average

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      Goods & Services

      ItemBaltimoreNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $22.28$18.6219.6%
      Beauty Salon $52.83$39.0535.3%
      Toothpaste $4.47$2.3491.1%
      Shampoo $1.00$1.065.4%
      Movie $13.19$10.6823.5%
      Bowling $17.08$14.6716.4%


      ItemBaltimoreNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.27$4.221.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.66$1.3919.8%
      Milk $2.39$2.0516.6%
      Potatoes $4.10$3.2924.7%
      Pizza $11.99$10.6212.9%
      Beer $9.19$9.382.0%

      Health Care

      ItemBaltimoreNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $82.95$108.5723.6%
      Doctor $93.69$116.1719.4%
      Dentist $84.98$99.1314.3%
      Ibuprofen $9.62$9.680.6%
      Lipitor $370.40$466.9220.7%


      ItemBaltimoreNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $153,000.00$184,700.0017.2%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,373.24$1,197.4214.7%
      Apartment Rent $974.00$949.002.6%


      ItemBaltimoreNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.15$2.223.4%
      Tire Balancing $54.77$50.079.4%


      ItemBaltimoreNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$176.72$167.675.4%
      Phone $192.13$175.649.4%
      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.
      Dundalk, MD62,33799-1%
      Lansdowne, MD8,3651011%
      Middle River, MD26,6311022%
      Essex, MD38,9551033%
      Baltimore Highlands, MD7,5461044%
      Baltimore, MD621,0001000%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Portland, OR620,58912727%
      Oklahoma City, OK620,01588-12%
      Las Vegas, NV613,2951022%
      Louisville, KY611,57394-6%
      Milwaukee, WI598,67287-13%
      Baltimore, MD621,0001000%
      Source: The Jonestown, Baltimore, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.