What’s the cost of living in Maine?

1 min readLast updated May 24, 2023by Charlie Barton

When considering a move to a new state, understanding the cost of living is vital for effective budgeting and financial planning. If Maine is at the top of your list, here are some current statistics related to the cost of living in the state that could help you make up your mind.

The average cost of living in Maine

As well as being a popular tourism destination, Maine is home to around 1.4 million people.

According to Bureau of Economic Analysis data for 2021, the average annual cost of living in Maine is $50,559.

While according to data gathered in 2022 from MERIC, the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, the state ranks 40th in a list of states with the lowest to the highest cost of living.

Housing costs in Maine

As of March 2023, the average home value in Maine is estimated to be around $351,375, according to the Zillow Home Value Index as of March 2023.

It’s important to note that housing prices can significantly differ across various regions within the state.

Typical Home Prices in Maine (Zillow Data):

  1. Portland - $501,165

  2. South Portland - $467,510

  3. Lewiston - $267,257

  4. Auburn - $276,528

  5. Bangor - $248,382

The monthly rental price ranges across the state for those considering renting in Maine. The average rent price is between $1,425 and $4,420.

The starting rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Portland, ME, is $1,372, and $1,622 for a two-bedroom apartment.

Utility costs in Maine

Utility costs play a significant role in Maine's overall cost of living. According to Forbes, the average monthly cost is around $432.

Average Monthly Utility Costs in Maine:

  1. Natural gas - $104

  2. Phone bill - $114

  3. Energy bill - $99.44

  4. Streaming - $46.50

  5. Internet - $45

  6. Monthly water bill - $24

Grocery and food costs in Maine

When it comes to groceries and food costs, Maine generally aligns with prices found elsewhere in the United States.  

According to Zippia, those in Portland pay over $372 on average each month. 

According to 2021 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average spending on food at home is $5,259 annually, or about $438 per month for US households.  

Transportation costs in Maine

Transportation costs, including gas prices and vehicle maintenance, impact Maine's overall cost of living.

According to MIT, a single adult with no children can expect to pay upwards of $4,400.

Gas prices in Maine are typically in and around the national average. At the time of writing, Maine was just below the national average. These prices fluctuate over time.  

It is also worth noting that prices can vary across different regions within the state. 

Healthcare costs in Maine

Understanding healthcare expenses is crucial when considering the cost of living.

The specific healthcare costs in Maine can vary depending on factors such as insurance coverage and individual circumstances. Therefore, it is advisable to research and consult with healthcare providers and insurance companies to obtain accurate cost estimates.

Annual Healthcare Expenditure in Maine Estimated by MIT:

  1. One adult, no children - $3,107

  2. One adult, one child - $9,381

  3. One adult, two children - $9,391

  4. Two adults (one working), no children - $6,611

  5. Two adults (one working), one child - $9,391

  6. Two adults (one working), two children - $9,316

  7. Two adults (two working), no children - $6,611

  8. Two adults (two working), one child - $9,391

  9. Two adults (two working), two children - $9,316

Childcare costs in Maine

Families in Maine currently pay around $9,314 per year for childcare for one child. This figure doubles for two children.  

However, it's important to note that this figure can vary across the state. 

Taxation in Maine

Maine’s state income tax rates range between 5% and 7.15%.

Taxes in Maine compared to neighboring states:

  1. Maine income tax rate: 5.00% - 7.15%

  2. New Hampshire income rate: No state income tax

  3. Vermont income tax rate: 3.35% - 8.75%

  4. Massachusetts income tax rate: 5.00% - 12.00%

  5. New York income tax rate: 4.00% - 8.82%

The sales tax rate in Maine is currently 5.50%. However, it's important to note that Maine also allows local municipalities to impose an additional local option sales tax, which can range from 0.50% to 1.50%. This means that the total sales tax rate can vary depending on the location within the state.

The bottom line

The amount of money needed to live comfortably in Maine can vary depending on location, lifestyle, family size, and personal preferences. However, as the most expensive state in the US, you may need more than you first think.

It's essential to consider these factors, along with personal circumstances and preferences, when evaluating the cost of living in Maine. In addition, consulting with a financial advisor can provide valuable insights and assistance in managing expenses and financial planning.

Whether you’re retirement planning or considering relocating to chase a new career, Unbiased can assist you with your move's financial ins and outs. Find the right advisor for your needs today.


Charlie Barton

Charlie Barton is a writer at Unbiased. He has been writing about personal finance and investing since 2017, with extensive knowledge of platforms and products. Charlie has a first-class degree from the London School of Economics.