Arlington 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.
IndexArlingtonWashingtonNational
Cost of living index112115100
IndexArlingtonWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index106106100
Groceries index113107100
Health care index125119100
Housing index122135100
Transportation index115117100
Utilities index8996100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Arlington, WA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Arlington, WA enjoy a cost of living index of 112. This index is 3% lower than the Washington average, and 12% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Arlington, WA, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in Washington, and it is 6% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Arlington is 3% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Arlington is 12% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Arlington is 22% 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$71,133$5,928$1,660$2,134
Renters$34,943$2,912$815$1,048
The affordability of the housing market in Arlington, WA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Arlington, WA homeowners, the median income is $71,133. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,660 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $34,943. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $815 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Arlington, WA, the Washington income tax and the Washington sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Washington maximum surtax is 9.6%, and the Washington sales tax is 6.5%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0% to 0% in Washington.

Goods & Services

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.75$15.567.6%
Beauty Salon $39.71$36.1110.0%
Toothpaste $2.60$2.475.3%
Shampoo $1.09$0.9612.6%
Movie $11.93$10.1317.8%
Bowling $4.30$4.749.2%

Groceries

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.76$3.985.6%
Fried Chicken $2.43$1.4172.8%
Milk $1.95$2.065.5%
Potatoes $3.53$2.9818.3%
Pizza $10.21$9.477.8%
Beer $9.14$8.794.0%

Health Care

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $139.95$101.0438.5%
Doctor $148.81$107.4438.5%
Dentist $115.96$90.4228.3%
Ibuprofen $10.70$9.2815.3%
Lipitor $427.75$426.500.3%

Housing

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $225,800.00$175,700.0028.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,505.16$1,133.2332.8%
Apartment Rent $995.00$920.008.2%

Transportation

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.33$1.9916.9%
Tire Balancing $50.47$45.7610.3%

Utilities

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$139.21$163.8115.0%
Phone $26.68$28.396.0%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Northwest Stanwood, WA2111212%
Hat Island, WA181077%
Conway, WA1211212%
Silvana, WA15211212%
Granite Falls, WA3,41611010%
Arlington, WA18,37011212%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Erlanger, KY18,37090-10%
Ozark, MO18,36989-11%
Nanuet, NY18,36613838%
Murray, KY18,37587-13%
Winchester, KY18,36388-12%
Arlington, WA18,37011212%
Source: The Arlington, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.