Birch Bay 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.
IndexBirch BayWashingtonNational
Cost of living index114115100
IndexBirch BayWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index109106100
Groceries index106107100
Health care index123119100
Housing index127135100
Transportation index118117100
Utilities index9596100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Birch Bay, WA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Birch Bay, WA being 114, that puts it 1% lower than the average of Washington and 14% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Birch Bay, WA, the price of goods and services are 3% higher than the average of Washington as well as 9% higher than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Birch Bay is 1% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Birch Bay is 14% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Birch Bay is 27% 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)
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Birch Bay, WA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Birch Bay, WA has a median income of about $60,342 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,408 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $42,281. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $986 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Washington Sales Tax

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Washington Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Birch Bay, WA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Washington, as well as the rate for income tax in Washington. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Washington is 9.6%, and the sales tax in the state of Washington is 6.5%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Washington starts from 0% and goes up to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemBirch BayNational 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%


ItemBirch BayNational 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

ItemBirch BayNational 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%


ItemBirch BayNational avg.Difference
Home Price $231,400.00$175,700.0031.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,540.11$1,133.2335.9%
Apartment Rent $1,069.00$920.0016.2%


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


ItemBirch BayNational 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.
Point Roberts, WA1,32311212%
Ferndale, WA12,04011313%
Blaine, WA4,82911717%
Lynden, WA12,57911818%
Bellingham, WA82,08011919%
Birch Bay, WA8,47511414%

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Audubon, PA8,48313333%
Birch Bay, WA8,47511414%
Source: The Birch Bay, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.