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Overall 6%
Goods & Services 7%
Housing 8%
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2022 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; 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.
IndexBiddefordMaineNational
Cost of living106101100
Goods & Services107107100
Groceries102102100
Health care113113100
Housing10892100
Transportation104104100
Utilities102102100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Biddeford is 5% higher than the Maine average
  • The cost of living in Biddeford is 6% higher than the national average
  • Biddeford housing is 8% higher than the national average
  • Maine general sales tax is 8% higher than the national average
  • Maine state income tax is 135% higher 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$69,431$5,786$1,620$2,083
      Renters$33,319$2,777$777$1,000
      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in Biddeford, ME, is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Biddeford, the median monthly income is $69,431 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,620 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $33,319, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $777 on monthly rental expenses.

      Maine Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Maine5.5%5.5%

      Maine Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Maine5.8%7.15%

      Goods & Services

      ItemBiddefordNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $29.89$20.2747.4%
      Beauty Salon $41.61$40.393.0%
      Toothpaste $2.57$2.369.1%
      Shampoo $1.04$1.083.1%
      Movie $10.77$10.992.0%
      Bowling $15.50$15.490.1%

      Groceries

      ItemBiddefordNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.39$4.3021.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.10$1.4021.2%
      Milk $2.65$2.2020.1%
      Potatoes $3.99$3.2223.9%
      Pizza $10.64$10.740.9%
      Beer $9.99$9.604.1%

      Health Care

      ItemBiddefordNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $148.43$109.7335.3%
      Doctor $151.95$118.3428.4%
      Dentist $107.57$100.946.6%
      Ibuprofen $9.79$9.931.4%
      Lipitor $468.45$469.530.2%

      Housing

      ItemBiddefordNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $211,400.00$184,700.0014.5%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,652.27$1,229.6234.4%
      Apartment Rent $884.00$949.006.8%

      Transportation

      ItemBiddefordNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.85$2.715.0%
      Tire Balancing $53.63$51.863.4%

      Utilities

      ItemBiddefordNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$187.61$170.849.8%
      Phone $174.01$187.187.0%
      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

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Lake Arrowhead, ME2,4821000.0%
      North Berwick, ME1,7641033.0%
      Alfred, ME7551043.7%
      Old Orchard Beach, ME8,7271044.4%
      Westbrook, ME17,9691065.6%
      Biddeford, ME21,3411066.3%

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      Biddeford, ME21,3411066.3%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.