Damascus 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.
IndexDamascusOregonNational
Cost of living index130112100
IndexDamascusOregonNational
Goods & Services index120111100
Groceries index117107100
Health care index110105100
Housing index175122100
Transportation index108114100
Utilities index7891100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Damascus, OR cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Oregon and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Damascus, OR is 130, which is 16% higher than the Oregon average and 30% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Damascus, OR are 8% higher than the average for Oregon and 20% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Damascus is 16% higher than the Oregon average.
  • The cost of living in Damascus is 30% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Damascus is 75% higher than the national average.
  • Oregon general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Oregon state income tax is 125% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Damascus, OR to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Damascus, OR, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Damascus, OR salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$91,831$7,653$2,143$2,755
Renters$29,375$2,448$685$881
The affordability of the housing market in Damascus, OR 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 Damascus, OR homeowners, the median income is $91,831. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,143 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $29,375. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $685 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Oregon Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Oregon0%0%

Oregon Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Oregon5%9.9%
The Oregon sales tax and Oregon income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Damascus, OR. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Oregon sales tax is 0% and the maximum surtax is 0%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Oregon income tax rates range from 5% to 9.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemDamascusNational avg.Difference
Haircut $25.26$15.5662.3%
Beauty Salon $54.47$36.1150.9%
Toothpaste $3.91$2.4758.1%
Shampoo $1.08$0.9611.6%
Movie $10.56$10.134.3%
Bowling $4.31$4.749.1%

Groceries

ItemDamascusNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.36$3.9834.4%
Fried Chicken $1.66$1.4118.2%
Milk $2.18$2.065.5%
Potatoes $2.10$2.9829.7%
Pizza $10.33$9.479.0%
Beer $9.67$8.7910.0%

Health Care

ItemDamascusNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $122.67$101.0421.4%
Doctor $121.58$107.4413.2%
Dentist $102.13$90.4213.0%
Ibuprofen $10.28$9.2810.8%
Lipitor $403.09$426.505.5%

Housing

ItemDamascusNational avg.Difference
Home Price $339,200.00$175,700.0093.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,625.94$1,133.2343.5%
Apartment Rent $1,223.00$920.0032.9%

Transportation

ItemDamascusNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.58$1.9929.6%
Tire Balancing $26.80$45.7641.4%

Utilities

ItemDamascusNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$145.06$163.8111.4%
Phone $18.23$28.3935.8%
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.
Johnson City, OR57387-13%
Wood Village, OR3,9461011%
Estacada, OR2,86011010%
Vancouver, WA165,55411010%
Fairview, OR9,09411010%
Damascus, OR10,71113030%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Loganville, GA10,71198-2%
Fredericksburg, TX10,70798-2%
Jacinto City, TX10,71784-16%
Walnut Grove, WA10,70511414%
Seymour, TN10,70387-13%
Damascus, OR10,71113030%
Source: The Damascus, OR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.