Blaine 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.
IndexBlaineWashingtonNational
Cost of living index116112100
IndexBlaineWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index113104100
Groceries index111102100
Health care index114116100
Housing index136135100
Transportation index118108100
Utilities index6883100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Blaine, WA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Washington the cost of living index in Blaine, WA is 116, which is 4% higher than the average in Washington and compared to the national average it is 16% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Blaine, WA goods and services come in at 9% higher than the average in Washington and are 13% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Blaine is 4% higher than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Blaine is 16% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Blaine is 36% 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$82,788$6,899$1,932$2,484
Renters$25,850$2,154$603$776
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 Blaine, 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. Blaine, WA has a median income of about $82,788 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,932 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $25,850. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $603 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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 Blaine, 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

ItemBlaineNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.66$14.597.3%
Beauty Salon $27.50$34.6820.7%
Toothpaste $3.11$2.4725.7%
Shampoo $1.05$1.022.7%
Movie $11.50$9.8716.5%
Bowling $4.15$4.395.5%

Groceries

ItemBlaineNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.26$4.484.8%
Fried Chicken $1.69$1.4615.4%
Milk $1.92$2.3618.5%
Potatoes $1.91$3.0637.6%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $9.05$8.634.8%

Health Care

ItemBlaineNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $159.00$99.7859.4%
Doctor $121.00$105.0315.2%
Dentist $107.00$88.7020.6%
Ibuprofen $9.76$9.413.7%
Lipitor $281.22$298.505.8%

Housing

ItemBlaineNational avg.Difference
Home Price $274,600.00$175,700.0056.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,507.36$1,081.0339.4%
Apartment Rent $823.00$920.0010.5%

Transportation

ItemBlaineNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.42$2.0915.7%
Tire Balancing $56.49$45.2924.7%

Utilities

ItemBlaineNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$117.36$170.8031.3%
Phone $18.89$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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Point Roberts, WA1,32311111%
Ferndale, WA12,04011212%
Birch Bay, WA8,47511313%
Lynden, WA12,57911717%
Marietta-Alderwood, WA4,43512020%
Blaine, WA4,82911616%

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Hollywood, SC4,83111010%
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Rockport, MA4,83215555%
Blaine, WA4,82911616%
Source: The Blaine, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.