Overall 53%
Goods & Services 12%
Housing 146%
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 living153121100
Goods & Services112108100
Health care8886100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Rockville is 26% higher than the Maryland average
  • The cost of living in Rockville is 53% higher than the national average
  • Rockville housing is 146% 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)
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in Rockville is by simply calculating the maximum that should be spent on housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The plan is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Rockville has a median income of about $127,791 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $2,982 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $69,975. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,633 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      Maryland Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemRockvilleNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $31.21$17.4978.4%
      Beauty Salon $62.71$38.1764.3%
      Toothpaste $3.04$2.3231.0%
      Shampoo $1.79$1.0176.9%
      Movie $12.50$10.7216.6%
      Bowling $18.50$13.8633.5%


      ItemRockvilleNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $5.16$3.9032.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4042.6%
      Milk $2.99$1.9652.4%
      Potatoes $4.59$3.1844.2%
      Pizza $11.99$10.3915.4%
      Beer $10.99$9.2319.1%

      Health Care

      ItemRockvilleNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $75.00$106.3429.5%
      Doctor $97.00$115.2515.8%
      Dentist $87.00$98.3811.6%
      Ibuprofen $10.99$9.2618.7%
      Lipitor $398.86$466.4714.5%


      ItemRockvilleNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $499,400.00$184,700.00170.4%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,930.07$1,273.32130.1%
      Apartment Rent $1,802.00$949.0089.9%


      ItemRockvilleNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.80$2.598.0%
      Tire Balancing $62.00$48.9026.8%


      ItemRockvilleNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$200.52$167.6019.6%
      Phone $187.49$163.4214.7%
      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, MD1,2091099%
      Landover, MD23,12411313%
      Bladensburg, MD9,50511313%
      Capitol Heights, MD4,48911313%
      Seat Pleasant, MD4,72111313%
      Rockville, MD65,17115353%

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      Youngstown, OH65,16179-21%
      San Clemente, CA65,08218585%
      Delray Beach, FL65,0441077%
      Laguna Niguel, CA64,98417777%
      Marysville, WA64,95511919%
      Rockville, MD65,17115353%
      Source: The Rockville, MD cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.