Bethesda, MD Cost Of Living

Demographics | Cost Of Living
Updated: 2021-02-06
195
Bethesda's Overall Cost Of Living
1.9x
Higher Than The National Average
185 out of 188
In Maryland
6,287 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Bethesda is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Bethesda, MD?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Bethesda has an overall cost of living index of 195 which is 1.9x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Maryland, Bethesda has a cost of living index that's 1.6x higher than Maryland's index of 121.

The standard of living in Bethesda ranks as #6,294 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in Maryland. By definition, that implies Bethesda ranks as the #113 most expensive place in the Old Line State.

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Bethesda Cost Of Living Vs. Maryland

Living Expense Bethesda Maryland National Average
Overall 195 121 100
Services 112 108 100
Groceries 122 119 100
Health 88 86 100
Housing 386 150 100
Transportation 114 108 100
Utilities 112 108 100
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Bethesda Cost of Living Vs. MD

Bethesda, MD Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Maryland, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$911,000
Median Home Value
$2,026
Median Rent
$164,142
Median Income
Statistic Bethesda Maryland United States
Median Home Value $911,000 $314,800 $217,500
Median Rent $2,026 $1,392 $1,062
Median Income $164,142 $84,805 $62,843
Home Value To Income 5.6x 3.7x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.15x 0.2x 0.2x

Detailed Bethesda Services Costs Vs. Maryland

Item Bethesda Maryland
Shampoo $1.79 $1.01
Movie $12.5 $10.72
Bowling $18.5 $13.86

Detailed Bethesda Groceries Costs Vs. Maryland

Item Bethesda Maryland
Ground Beef $5.16 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.99 $1.4
Milk $2.99 $1.96

Detailed Bethesda Health Costs Vs. Maryland

Item Bethesda Maryland
Haircut $31.21 $17.49
Beauty Salon $62.71 $38.17
Toothpaste $3.04 $2.32

Detailed Bethesda Transportation Costs Vs. Maryland

Item Bethesda Maryland
Potatoes $4.59 $3.18
Pizza $11.99 $10.39
Beer $10.99 $9.23
Optometrist $75.0 $106.34
Doctor $97.0 $115.25
Dentist $87.0 $98.38

Detailed Bethesda Utilities Costs Vs. Maryland

Item Bethesda Maryland
Gasoline $2.8 $2.59
Tire Balancing $62.0 $48.9
All Electricity $200.52 $167.6
Phone $187.49 $163.42

Bethesda SnackAbility

7.5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
9/10
Housing
10
Affordability
7
Diversity
8
Safety
N/A
Amenities
9.5
Education
10
Commute
5

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Bethesda

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Bethesda
Olney, MD 35,191 149 0.8x
North Laurel, MD 24,873 128 0.7x
Clarksburg, MD 24,767 151 0.8x
North Potomac, MD 23,914 169 0.9x
Kemp Mill, MD 14,733 140 0.7x
Colesville, MD 13,992 140 0.7x
Chevy Chase, MD 9,622 202 1.0x
South Kensington, MD 8,763 179 0.9x
Four Corners, MD 8,246 147 0.8x
Hillandale, MD 6,487 133 0.7x

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