Overall 2%
Goods & Services 17%
Housing 22%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; 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 living102114100
Goods & Services117116100
Health care96100100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Laurel is 11% lower than the Delaware average
  • The cost of living in Laurel is 2% higher than the national average
  • Laurel housing is 22% lower than the national average
  • Delaware general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average
  • Delaware state income tax is 11% lower than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in Laurel, DE, 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 Laurel, the median monthly income is $48,878 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,140 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $25,179, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $587 on monthly rental expenses.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemLaurelNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $16.50$17.495.7%
      Beauty Salon $40.00$38.174.8%
      Toothpaste $2.89$2.3224.5%
      Shampoo $1.07$1.015.7%
      Movie $11.50$10.727.2%
      Bowling $18.00$13.8629.9%


      ItemLaurelNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.59$3.9017.7%
      Fried Chicken $2.09$1.4049.7%
      Milk $2.32$1.9618.2%
      Potatoes $4.52$3.1842.0%
      Pizza $10.00$10.393.8%
      Beer $7.99$9.2313.4%

      Health Care

      ItemLaurelNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $106.50$106.340.2%
      Doctor $106.50$115.257.6%
      Dentist $88.50$98.3810.0%
      Ibuprofen $11.79$9.2627.3%
      Lipitor $467.89$466.470.3%


      ItemLaurelNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $142,700.00$184,700.0022.7%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,135.23$1,273.3210.8%
      Apartment Rent $753.00$949.0020.7%


      ItemLaurelNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.44$2.595.9%
      Tire Balancing $54.00$48.9010.4%


      ItemLaurelNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$153.32$167.608.5%
      Phone $173.76$163.426.3%
      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.
      Whaleyville, MD10211212%
      Quantico, MD2511212%
      Delmar, DE1,7921000%
      Federalsburg, MD2,6751011%
      Pittsville, MD1,3351011%
      Laurel, DE3,9841022%

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      Bloomfield Hills, MI3,984200100%
      Dundee, FL3,98684-16%
      Desoto Lakes, FL3,98211111%
      Crescent Springs, KY3,9861011%
      Berne, IN3,98281-19%
      Laurel, DE3,9841022%
      Source: The Laurel, DE cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.