Guide Meridian 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.
IndexGuide MeridianBellinghamWashington
Cost of living index105119115
IndexGuide MeridianBellinghamWashington
Goods & Services index109109106
Groceries index106106107
Health care index123123119
Housing index97144135
Transportation index118118117
Utilities index959596

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  • The cost of living in Guide Meridian is 9% lower than the Bellingham average.
  • The cost of living in Guide Meridian is 5% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Guide Meridian is 3% lower 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)
Household$46,389$3,866$1,082$1,392

Washington Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Washington6.5%9.6%

Washington Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Washington0%0%

Goods & Services

ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.99$15.569.2%
Beauty Salon $33.33$36.117.7%
Toothpaste $2.97$2.4720.1%
Shampoo $1.37$0.9642.3%
Movie $11.90$10.1317.5%
Bowling $3.92$4.7417.3%

Groceries

ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.39$3.9810.3%
Fried Chicken $2.23$1.4158.5%
Milk $2.23$2.067.9%
Potatoes $2.47$2.9817.3%
Pizza $9.60$9.471.3%
Beer $9.59$8.799.0%

Health Care

ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $166.91$101.0465.2%
Doctor $134.83$107.4425.5%
Dentist $112.67$90.4224.6%
Ibuprofen $11.39$9.2822.8%
Lipitor $428.40$426.500.4%

Housing

ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
Home Price $287,100.00$175,700.0063.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,540.11$1,133.2335.9%
Apartment Rent $901.00$920.002.1%

Transportation

ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.45$1.9923.2%
Tire Balancing $48.54$45.766.1%

Utilities

ItemBellinghamNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$151.32$163.817.6%
Phone $27.99$28.391.4%
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.
Acme, WA3101088%
Everson, WA2,5281088%
Sumas, WA1,2561099%
Nooksack, WA1,5651099%
Ferndale, WA12,04011313%
Bellingham, WA82,08011919%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Warwick, RI82,06511515%
Troy, MI82,1061099%
Longview, TX82,03090-10%
O'Fallon, MO81,9781011%
Buena Park, CA82,19114040%
Bellingham, WA82,08011919%
Source: The Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.