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Overall 11%
Goods & Services 7%
Housing 25%
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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.
IndexPortlandMaineNational
Cost of living111101100
Goods & Services107107100
Groceries102102100
Health care113113100
Housing12592100
Transportation104104100
Utilities102102100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Portland is 10% higher than the Maine average
  • The cost of living in Portland is 11% higher than the national average
  • Portland housing is 25% 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$78,987$6,582$1,843$2,370
      Renters$31,138$2,595$727$934
      The percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in Portland, ME, as well as what the overall cost of living might be. 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 payments and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Portland, homeowners have a median income of $78,987. Using that number, a maximum of $1,843 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $31,138, which means there is a maximum of $727 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

      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

      ItemPortlandNational 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

      ItemPortlandNational 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

      ItemPortlandNational 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

      ItemPortlandNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $248,000.00$184,700.0034.3%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,652.27$1,229.6234.4%
      Apartment Rent $969.00$949.002.1%

      Transportation

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

      Utilities

      ItemPortlandNational 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.
      Little Falls, ME6351021.9%
      Old Orchard Beach, ME8,7271044.4%
      South Windham, ME1,1171054.6%
      Freeport, ME1,5271055.2%
      Westbrook, ME17,9691065.6%
      Portland, ME66,64911111.3%

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      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Palo Alto, CA66,649303203.1%
      Camarillo, CA66,63015353.1%
      Woodbury, MN66,69911919.2%
      South San Francisco, CA66,58717878.4%
      Oshkosh, WI66,713927.6%
      Portland, ME66,64911111.3%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.