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Maine Quality of Life

Cost of Living

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  98
Food Costs
 105 100
Utilities 107 100
Health Care
 112 100
Physicians /1000 Residents 270 210
Expenditures Student Education $14,182
Commute Time (minutes) 23.5 25.7

Data compiled by Maine Home Connection. Sources include US Census, Sperlings Best Places, National Center for Education Services.

Maine has an income tax structure containing 3 brackets, which range from 2% to 7.5% of personal income. Maine's general sales tax rate is 5.5%. The state also levies charges of 7% on lodging and prepared food and 10% on short-term auto rentals.

Housing Costs: Rent vs Own in Maine

While the majority of Maine residents own a home, many still rent, especially in the greater Portland area. Rental properties can be expensive, and in many cases can exceed the national average.

Rentals in Maine

Studios, one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments in Maine tend to rent above the national average. Three-bedroom apartments, however, can be below the average. These rates also vary considerably by city. 

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