Centralia 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.
IndexCentraliaWashingtonNational
Cost of living index97112100
IndexCentraliaWashingtonNational
Goods & Services index101104100
Groceries index106102100
Health care index118116100
Housing index89135100
Transportation index110108100
Utilities index7483100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Centralia, WA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Centralia, WA is 97, which is 13% lower than the Washington average and 3% lower 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 Centralia, WA are 2% lower than the Washington average and 1% higher than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Centralia is 13% lower than the Washington average.
  • The cost of living in Centralia is 3% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Centralia is 11% 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)
Owners$50,632$4,219$1,181$1,519
Renters$27,888$2,324$651$837
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Centralia, 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 Centralia, WA homeowners have a median income of $50,632. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,181 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $27,888, which means there is a maximum of $651 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 assessing the complete cost of living in Centralia, 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

ItemCentraliaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.79$14.5915.1%
Beauty Salon $40.29$34.6816.2%
Toothpaste $2.49$2.470.7%
Shampoo $1.18$1.0215.5%
Movie $9.92$9.870.5%
Bowling $3.67$4.3916.4%

Groceries

ItemCentraliaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.51$4.4821.6%
Fried Chicken $1.81$1.4623.6%
Milk $2.59$2.369.9%
Potatoes $2.49$3.0618.7%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $9.05$8.634.8%

Health Care

ItemCentraliaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $142.50$99.7842.8%
Doctor $114.65$105.039.2%
Dentist $120.08$88.7035.4%
Ibuprofen $10.07$9.417.0%
Lipitor $299.73$298.500.4%

Housing

ItemCentraliaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $156,100.00$175,700.0011.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,072.15$1,081.030.8%
Apartment Rent $825.00$920.0010.3%

Transportation

ItemCentraliaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.34$2.0911.8%
Tire Balancing $47.13$45.294.1%

Utilities

ItemCentraliaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$129.63$170.8024.1%
Phone $20.01$28.2629.2%
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.
Bucoda, WA52293-7%
Tenino, WA1,88795-5%
Oakville, WA70696-4%
Onalaska, WA99497-3%
Fords Prairie, WA1,68097-3%
Centralia, WA16,66497-3%

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Defiance, OH16,64689-11%
Centralia, WA16,66497-3%
Source: The Centralia, WA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.