Anacortes cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexAnacortesWashingtonNational
Cost of living index122112100
IndexAnacortesWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index116104100
Groceries index112102100
Health care index121116100
Housing index158135100
Transportation index105108100
Utilities index6883100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Anacortes, WA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Anacortes, WA is 122, which is 9% higher than the Washington average and 22% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Anacortes, WA are 11% higher than the Washington average and 16% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Anacortes is 9% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Anacortes is 22% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Anacortes is 58% higher than the national average.
  • Washington general sales tax is 28% higher than the national average.
  • Washington state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$72,922$6,077$1,701$2,188
Renters$36,233$3,019$845$1,087
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Anacortes, WA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Anacortes, WA homeowners have a median income of $72,922. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,701 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $36,233, which means there is a maximum of $845 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Anacortes, WA you will want to make sure you consider both the Washington sales tax and the Washington income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Washington is 6.5%, with the highest surtax being 9.6%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Washington have a range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemAnacortesNational avg.Difference
Haircut $21.00$14.5943.9%
Beauty Salon $34.50$34.680.5%
Toothpaste $3.07$2.4724.1%
Shampoo $1.24$1.0221.3%
Movie $10.49$9.876.3%
Bowling $3.75$4.3914.6%

Groceries

ItemAnacortesNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.74$4.4816.5%
Fried Chicken $1.49$1.461.8%
Milk $2.12$2.3610.0%
Potatoes $2.07$3.0632.4%
Pizza $12.57$9.2436.0%
Beer $9.47$8.639.7%

Health Care

ItemAnacortesNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $164.00$99.7864.4%
Doctor $135.50$105.0329.0%
Dentist $110.33$88.7024.4%
Ibuprofen $10.92$9.4116.0%
Lipitor $295.75$298.500.9%

Housing

ItemAnacortesNational avg.Difference
Home Price $312,300.00$175,700.0077.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,269.87$1,081.0317.5%
Apartment Rent $1,026.00$920.0011.5%

Transportation

ItemAnacortesNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.21$2.095.8%
Tire Balancing $46.00$45.291.6%

Utilities

ItemAnacortesNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$117.35$170.8031.3%
Phone $18.91$28.2633.1%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Conway, WA121077%
Whidbey Island Station, WA1,8821077%
Burlington, WA8,4661088%
Mount Vernon, WA32,3561099%
Oak Harbor, WA22,22011212%
Anacortes, WA15,96512222%

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Anacortes, WA15,96512222%
Source: The Anacortes, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.