Maine Cost of Living

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Maine cost of living score
Less expensive
3.0% lower
than the US average
0.0% lower
than the Maine average
Maine gets a BestPlaces Cost of Living score of 97, which means the total cost of housing, food, childcare, transportation, healthcare, taxes, and other necessities is 3.0% lower than the U.S. average and 0.0% lower than the average for Maine.


Housing costs in Maine?
A typical home costs $334,000, which is 1.2% less expensive than the national average of $338,100 and 0.0% less expensive than the average Maine home, at $334,000. Renting a two-bedroom unit in Maine costs $1,250 per month, which is 12.6% cheaper than the national average of $1,430 and close to the state average of $1,250.

Can I afford Maine?
To live comfortably in Maine, a minimum annual income of $64,080 for a family, and $39,200 for a single person is recommended.

What does A.I. say about Maine?
Maine State has a high cost of living, with the median home price in 2019 reaching $222,700. This is an increase from 2018’s median of $204,800, making Maine one of the most expensive states for housing. Other costs such as groceries and transportation can also add up quickly. Groceries are on average 5% more expensive than the rest of the nation and gasoline prices are usually higher than neighboring states. In addition, sales tax is relatively high at 5.5%, while property taxes can also be quite costly depending on where you live in Maine State. All these factors make it difficult for many people to afford living in Maine State.
   Cost of living score
     CategoriesMaine, MaineUnited States

   100=National Average

   Average Rent by Bedroom Size
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Over 4 years ago

I've been in Maine of and on my whole life. Maine folks for the most part are not very complicated. The drug epidemic has gotten better I think. If you enjoy shopping I  More

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Over 9 years ago

We are on this site to exit Maine in the winter. It is a beautiful and expensive (taxes) state. We plan to stay here most of the year, as 3 of the seasons are beautiful.  More

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Over 10 years ago

Unless you want to live around Portland Maine or maybe BIW, not much work in Maine, except min wage...Weather from Sept thru May, you freeze your butt off, put kids in  More

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