Maine is a geographically diverse state, and as such the cost of living varies greatly from north to south. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is the most densely populated with nearly 20% of Maine's population.
Cost of Living
Overall Cost of Living
Physicians /1000 Residents
Expenditures Student Education
Commute Time (minutes)
Data compiled by Maine Home Connection. Sources include 2012 US Census,
Sperlings Best Places, National Center for Education Services.
Maine has an income tax structure containing 4 brackets, which range from 2% to 8.5% of personal income. Maine's general sales tax rate is 5%. The state also levies charges of 7% on lodging and prepared food and 10% on short-term auto rentals.
Changes in Regional Income
From 2009-2010, the Portland region experienced an increase in personal income of 2.1%, yet lagged behind the national benchmark regions, which experienced an increase of 3.1%.
Personal Income growth in the Greater Portland area has lagged that of the national benchmark regions (see Economic Scorecard) in the past ten, five, and 1-year periods. From 2005-2010, the Portland region experienced an increase of 15.5% in personal income. This was lower than the averages experienced for the national benchmark regions (18.2%) New England (16.9%), and the State of Maine (16.2%). From 2000-10, the Portland region experienced an increase of 44.2% in personal income.
This was lower than the averages experienced for the national benchmark regions (46.7%), but was higher than the average increases experienced by the State of Maine (43.1%) and New England (40.3%)..