Cost of Living

Charles County’s cost of living is among the lowest within the metropolitan Washington, DC area. This statistic strengthens local purchasing power and creates attractive housing choices at every price point. Lower utility costs, health services, and real estate taxes, coupled with quality schools and lifestyle amenities, attract citizens who energize the local economy.

Cost of Living Charles County, MD Washington, DC -
Arlington, VA -
Alexandria, VA
National Average

Overall

115.6 159.3 100

Grocery

113.7 115.6 100

Housing

139.7 272.7 100

Utilities

107.3 113 100

Transportation

100.4 105.6 100

Health

90.8 92.9 100

Miscellaneous

106.4

121.7

100

*Source: Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), 2021. An index score of 100 represents the U.S. average.

Median real-estate taxes are among the lowest in Southern Maryland. 

 

Fast Facts

43.7%
Charles County has an overall lower cost of living in the Washington DC metro area

133%
Housing is less expensive in Charles County relative to the Washington DC metro area

9%
Lower cost of health services than the national average

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